Best Made Plans
19 November · Katrina
Jandals, shorts, cheap cars, low-slung buildings. In Best Made Plans artist and lecturer in photography at the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts Tim Veling uses documentary photography to explore ideas of home, belonging, family and New Zealand’s social and cultural landscape – here a suburban clearing in provincial New Zealand in weekend or mid-summer knockabout downtime.
In this series of five works Veling captures the character of the people of another river city, Hamilton, a landscape defined by flat-land suburbia and “The Mighty Waikato”, here depicted as a subdued river on a mural on a garage door (its life force reduced to the sinuous line of a garden hose) and, in Sunday Morning Hangover, Commerce Park, Hamilton, 2013, a bleary morning-after swim aligning the beauty of the river with the suggested outrage of the night before. This is parched suburbia, car tracks on concrete driveways (we’re at the V8 Supercars start line), browning grass, a bride shielding her eyes from the summer glare in another prolonged moment of weekend waiting.
Best Made Plans was made during a three-week fellowship at the School of Media Arts at Wintec as part of Survey Hamilton, a multi-media project and archive that documents contemporary Hamilton culture through photographs, video and sound recordings. Despite the specific nature of the location, the compelling combination of colour and formal composition captures a kind of late-summer languidness that speaks of a wider New Zealand, a slow, hot, sun-struck aimlessness on the sweltering edges of urbanity.
Veling is currently engaged in long-term projects relating to the aftermath of Christchurch’s devastating 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, including the ongoing Place in Time: the Christchurch Documentary Project.
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