Our rural environment is changing: subdivisions are springing up, villages are being redeveloped and roads are being sealed.
My main photographic project in recent years has been to capture the changing roads of my area around Leigh.
I am looking at the places we rush past en route to daily destinations, and documenting my surroundings as they change - for one day, many of these scenes will exist only in memory.
The photos in this series are all in a square, black and white format. I chose this format because it echoes the work of earlier photographers and scenes like these will also pass into history.
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Tracks, Whangateau (Exhibition: [v]erge)
Richard Smallfield was born in Auckland in 1965 and graduated with a BA/LLB from Auckland University in 1988. However, his real bent was in the creative direction with loves for jazz, the guitar and photography. He moved to Leigh for health reasons in January 1996, after having been bedridden with ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for seven years.
His photography has spanned documentary, portraiture, performance and landscape (although he approaches his Back Roads work from documentary motivations). Because of his illness he has had to find subject matter close to home and this has enforced a close examination of his locality. Richard prints his own work digitally.
Forked Road, Whangateau
(Exhibition: Art in the Woolshed
2008 - Leigh By Road, Leigh Sawmill Cafe, Leigh.
2008 - Live in Leigh, Leigh Sawmill Cafe, Leigh.
2009 - Leigh ... by night, Leigh Sawmill Cafe, Leigh.
2004 - Diverge, Art's Desire, Warkworth.
2005 - Portraits exhibited alongside The Mahurangi Group exhibition, Mahurangi Estate Vineyard, Matakana.
2006 - Sirius, Matakana Pictures, Matakana.
2008 - Photoforum members' exhibition, The Digital Darkroom, Auckland.
2008 - Pakiri to Matakana, Matakana Gallery, Matakana.
2008 - Off The Wall, A Fine Line Gallery, Matakana.
2009 - Spring '09 (The Developing Tank's inaugural group exhibition), A Fine Line Gallery, Matakana.
2010 - Art in the Woolshed, Tawharanui.
Website: Richard Smallfield Photography
Downstream, Whangateau (Exhibition: Art in the Woolshed)