Wednesday, 19 October 2011

'The Match'

No, not THAT match.

I've been contacted by photographer David Matches who has spent the last 5 years taking a series of life-sized portraits of amateur and international rugby players in New Zealand, resulting in an exhibition - ‘The Match’ - currently being shown in the NZ Portrait Gallery in Wellington, closing on 1st November.

The portraits, photographed between 2006 and 2011, are designed to capture the essence of rugby with players being photographed as they left the field of play before the effects of the match could evaporate, stood against a white paper backdrop taped to the clubhouse, with only a single photograph of each player being taken.

Great concept - I admit I'm a bit of a sucker for this kind of thing and am delighted to give David a bit of a plug. And if the photos are ever turned into a book...

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miff said...

This is the best piece of art you have ever reported. Thank you.

Nursedude said...

It's a great exhibit, Flanker. I had a chance to visit it while I was in Wellington. I would encourage any rugby fan in the Wellington area to pay a visit. There is also some great rugby art at the New Zealand Art Institute, a short walk away.