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Professional photographer Laurence Belcher knows
all about "paradise". After all he has made it his
home and is passionate about the Head of the Lake
environment and lifestyle.
Paradise is one of the Wakatipu's special places and
Laurence has a close affinity with the area which he
is keen to share it with visitors. A year ago he set up
Paradise Pictures, and is upbeat about the response
to his tours from amateur photographers, keen to
experience the many spectacular locations Laurence
has access to.
A former chef, Laurence is a self-taught photographer
with more than 30-years' experience. He has also
worked in television directing popular lifestyle
programmes such as Taste New Zealand and Maggie's
Garden Show. His photographic creativity and flair is in
demand and his images appear on the pages of many
high profile cookbooks, including the well-known Peta
Mathias book, A Cook's Tour of New Zealand.
Paradise Pictures tours are tailor-made and
personalised to suit everyone from the "point and
shoot" to the more skilled photographer and Laurence
teaches his clients to capture a deeper appreciation of
the natural beauty and finer detail in every shot.
"The first thing I do is get people away from automatic
and on to manual mode. I teach them to take back
control of what's happening. I don't just give technical
advice, clients also learn about artistic composition,"
says Laurence. "With the right guidance they can take
stunning shots which in turn create great memories
of their visit."
Clients are taken off the beaten track where he knows
they will be inspired. From the lakeside Little Paradise
through to the bush valleys, beech forests and sheer-
sided mountains of the picturesque Dart River Valley
to the scenic outlook at Bennett's Bluff.
"I'm trying to get people to look more creatively and
closely at what they're photographing. With still
photography you're telling a story. So in addition to
capturing the scenic shot they should also be looking
for shapes, patterns and close-ups as well".
Clients are collected from their Queenstown
accommodation and driven to Paradise by 4WD
vehicle. Accompanying friends and partners who are
not interested photography are also welcome along.
"The locations we visit are stunning and even without
a camera people will appreciate their outstanding
scenic value," says Laurence.
Paradise Pictures makes it easy for people to enjoy
the region without wasting time searching for the best
spots. "My goal is for every client to leave Queenstown
feeling they have genuinely experienced paradise."
BEHIND THE LENS WITH PARADISE PICTURES
Queenstown artist Angus
Watson has been a professional
artist for more than 25-years
and his upcoming exhibition
from January 3-14 will have
a diverse range of work
reflecting his varied interests
Angus is highly sought after
for commissions and holds
exhibitions around New
Zealand and his annual January
exhibition at his rural studio is
always eagerly anticipated.
"I have accumulated a big
collection of new artwork for
the January 2015 exhibition.
Having my own exhibition
gives people a chance to visit
my studio in its idyllic garden
setting and see where my work
is created," he says. "Clients
are always keen to know what
inspires specific paintings and I
enjoy meeting the cross section
of people who visit."
His varied collection features
nudes, landscapes, boats,
horses and figures. His
nudes are detailed tones of
golds, reds and silvers and
his watercolours use bright,
vibrant colours. "I make a bold
use of colour and my work
tends towards impressionist."
His latest calendar for 2015 is
available on line or from his
studio and again represents a
stunning mix of his favourite
Angus also sells an attractive
selection of prints and cards
from his studio. Visit Angus
Watson's studio in Littles Road
Dalefield. Advisable to make an
appointment. Tel: 034428486
SUMMER EXHIBITION REFLECTS VARIED RANGE OF WORK
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