Jenny O'Connor

Tairawhiti Girls

Wellington, New Zealand

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Tairawhiti Museum & Arts Centre, Gisborne - 2008

I started shooting Tairawhiti Girls in early 2008 and then did a second group in late 2009. 

These images are of women from my home town of Gisborne.  I have known them for many many years and they were all over 45 when the photos were taken. My touch stone for this project is 'honouring'. I want the final image to be a statement about how each woman sees herself at this stage of her life. I am interested in experimenting with different locations, environments, costumes and looks to create a picture that is true to each woman but not your everyday portrait.  

Check out the Youtube clip below featuring the Tairawhiti Girls and music of the fabulous Wellington Heads.

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Ainsley

Sue Lloyd2

Sue

Angela Paton2

Angela

Clare Robinson2

Clare

Erika Holden2

Erika

Laurie Lautman2

Laurie

Marg Hansen2

Margaret

Mary Lee Searle4

Mary-Lee

Melody Craw2

Melody

Meryl Carlyle3

Meryl

Pene Walsh2

Pene

maria 3

Maria (1)

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Christian

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Anita

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Christian

debbie 2

Deb (2)

Jenny

Jenny

Louise 1

Louise (1)

Louise 4

Louise (2)

Maria 1

Maria (2)

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Sue Lloyd2
Angela Paton2
Clare Robinson2
Erika Holden2
Laurie Lautman2
Marg Hansen2
Mary Lee Searle4
Melody Craw2
Meryl Carlyle3
Pene Walsh2
maria 3
christian 1
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christian 2
debbie 2
Jenny
Louise 1
Louise 4
Maria 1
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