Chad Millar, who is studying for his Bachelor of Applied Arts, majoring in Photography at Whitireia Polytechnic, recently made use of the museum artifacts for one of his projects. It was a pleasure hosting him at the museum and we are looking forward to seeing the finished work. All the photographs here were taken by Chad and he describes the outline in his artist’s statement:
This book sets out to explore the past social activity of the Kapiti region through photographic documentation of peculiar sites and material culture.
The tree branches act as metaphor for the passing of time from one generation to the next. Time is ever changing it; grows, splits and branches out with new life, leaving the past under its shadow – separating the individual memories of what was. The individual objects act as mnemonics of their particular owners who contributed to the history of the region. The objects and the sites are united in this body of work providing powerful visual stories of the region’s history
These sites remain as husks of their former productivity for tools in shaping the region’s present identity. Obsolete and largely forgotten by the present but still visible for speculation, one can ask are these places worth preserving for future generations.
The objects act as anchors of what remains, combining the present and the memory.
The sites in this book can be considered as general memories. However, the combination of landscapes, objects and text is intended to build a more complete and robust picture of the history as a whole.