Anne Noble

Anne Noble is a wonderfully considered photographer.  She works in series taking years to visually research projects that often interrogate human interactions with landscape.  In the early '80's she documented life along the Whanganui river, particularly around Hiruharama or Jerusalem.  12 years were spent thinking and photgraphing her way through different aspects of our relationship with Antarctica and recently the plight of the honey bee has been laid bare in suites of images of these swarming, large scale bee wing photograms, and finally the dead bee portraits - their bodies dusted with gold beneath the lense of a microscope.  There are also moments of play - none more so in in Ruby's Room, made in collaboration with daughter Ruby toying with sweets and bits of food in her mouth.  It is always the quiet sensation of being human, what it is to live down at 45 degrees south, that is at the warm heart of Anne Noble's wondrous achieivement.