Aotearoa New Zealand born 1949
Taranaki, from Oeo Road, under moonlight, 27-28 September 1999
Collection Title: The prisoner's dream
Place made: New Zealand
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph
For four decades, Aberhart has photographed the Taranaki region of New Zealand’s North Island, including its settled landscape and its most distinctive feature, the sacred TeMounga (Mount) Taranaki. Using an 8x10-inch view camera, Aberhart has over time built up an important archive documenting the social geography and landscape of the Taranaki. Aberhart describes the conical mountain as a ‘great physical and spiritual entity’ and sees his photographs of it as a counterbalance to the countless images of the mountain that circulate on tea towels and postcards.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra