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Todd Henry: Documenting the Deported and Displaced in Tonga

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Photographer Todd Henry titled his recent portrait series Fofonga ‘oe kau fakafoki. If you don’t speak Tongan, this translates into English as “the faces of those who have returned”. The series documents people of Tongan heritage who have been deported from either the USA, New Zealand, or Australia and sent back to Tonga. All of the people in Todd’s series were born in Tonga, but most have been raised overseas away from the Tongan culture, and have been sent back with virtually no knowledge of the way of life or language.

“It’s a strange and interesting concept because according to ethnicity and nationality they are Tongan, but culturally they are American, Kiwi, or Australian. But they can never go back to those places that they once called home,” Todd explains.

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Giora Dan: Giving the Gift of Time

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The concept of receiving good fortune and opportunities from the universe and ensuring you give back is something that many people hold near and dear. It’s all about reciprocity and maintaining the balance. A few years ago, photographer Giora Dan had this thought in mind when he decided to give back to the universe by donating his time and skills to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and aid organisations working in deprived areas outside New Zealand.

“I wanted my images and videos to help make people’s life better. The reason to aim at overseas deprived areas is that these country have no social support framework like here in New Zealand. Also, most of these countries suffer from deep and chronic corruption that stifles any help that comes from governmental institutes,” Giora explains.

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Jay French: Fast and Loose at Farm Jam

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Jay French has always been into the outdoors, and enjoys activities like hiking, biking, and snowboarding. After returning to New Zealand from living in London for a while, he started photographing at events and on trips that he went on.

“One day someone asked to buy one of my images. The next they were asking me to go and cover an event. Next thing I knew, my whole business model had changed to content creation! I’ve been a full-time pro-shooter for about three years now.”

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Marcus Adams: Traversing Cambodia and Vietnam

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For nearly four weeks, Marcus Adams explored much of Cambodia and Vietnam, travelling to Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, and Siem Reap, before stopping at Ho Chi Minh City on his trip back to Wellington. His kit consisted of two Sony α9 bodies, three Sony G Master f/2.8 zoom lenses (16-35mm, 24-70mm and 70-200mm), as well as a Sony Zeiss 35mm prime lens. Using these bodies and lenses, he spent his days exploring the cities, capturing striking images of the people and the places he encountered along the way.

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