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<EM>Dividing barriers, crystalizing ponds</EM> by Wayne Barrar

Curator Athol McCredie discusses this striking landscape photograph

Dividing barriers, crystalizing ponds by Wayne Barrar
<P>This recording was created for Te Papa’s in-gallery audio tour.</P> <P>Transcript:</P> <P><STRONG>Athol McCredie</STRONG></P> <P>Wayne Barrar’s photograph of salt-water ponds in Marlborough, in the north of the South island, is very nearly a photograph of nothing. A depiction of calm water and a limitless expanse of sky is punctuated precisely, and ever so minimally, by the intersecting lines of barrier and horizon.</P> <P>The water reflects the sky perfectly. So perfectly, in fact, that the two are almost interchangeable.</P> <P>What, then, is the subject of this photograph?</P> <P>I would say it is a study in the graduation of tone and colour: the way that the mauve sky turns to near white at the horizon, smoothly and perfectly. The shift is immaculate.</P>

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Dividing barriers, crystalizing ponds, 1987

Wayne Barrar, Dividing barriers, crystalizing ponds, 1987, 1987, colour photograph, Ilfochrome print,
Purchased 2002.
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