Volcanic activity is known for its destructive effects on the landscape and people. However, Volcanic Aotearoa is a photography project that captures the beautiful colours and organic shapes of New Zealand’s volcanic landscape. It is a collection of photos that encapsulates a three year study of New Zealand’s volcanic and geothermal National Parks, Conservation Areas and one World Heritage Site.
If I were to say the word ‘volcano’ to you, I am confident that you would instantly ‘see’ a cone shape in your mind’s eye. The shape of any volcano is instantly recognisable to all of us. They have one of the most iconic shapes of our world. Stephen has settled upon using this iconic shape to unify his imagery.
The Land of the Long White Cloud
Our beautiful Aotearoa is the land of the long white cloud. Aotearoa is New Zealand; it is the Maori name for the North Island and is now the official Maori name for the whole country. Aotearoa means long white cloud. The cloud formations caused by volcanic activity in New Zealand were used to navigate the land by early Maori settlers in the fourteenth century.
This book provides an insight into some of the beautiful colours and organic shapes of New Zealand's volcanic landscape, Its history and Maori legend stories.
The Volcanic Aotearoa (New Zealand) Book Specification
Stephen has worked closely with three book manufacturers to develop a book specification that is high quality, is subtable for book collectors and is affordable.
Size - 285 x 285mm
Page Count - Over 100 pages
Pages - 200gsm matte coated
Printing - CYMK offset press printing
Binding - Hardcover sewing binding
Cover - 2.5mm hardback with coated matte paper, anti scratch matte lamination and hot silver stamped text
Deliveries are expected to start December 2022
A behind the scenes look at the making of some of the photos in Stephen's book