Photographer reconstructs reality

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With windmills like a garden of flowers and historic buildings turned into candy-coloured clusters, the gallery and work space of photographer Janyne Fletcher, of Ranfurly, is a marvel of creative photography.

Well-placed past . . . Historic buildings in Naseby are carefully arranged and coloured by photographer Janyne Fletcher, of Ranfurly. PHOTO: JANYNE FLETCHER

Her highly original works expand well beyond typical landscapes, as she manipulates images, colour and form to create unique prints.

“I use Photoshop for a lot of my work – I suppose I’m a frustrated painter.”

A print that looks like parquet flooring on closer inspection is formed of cut-up mountainscapes.

Bantam chickens in a row are turned into a police identity parade, showing Ms Fletcher’s playful side – ” I really enjoy having a bit of fun with my work.”

“I’ve started playing around with some in-camera techniques as well, so a movement of a camera through the landscape while the shutter is open.”

This effect has been used to turn blurred images into a mountain vista, and led to her winning gold at the New Zealand Iris Professional Photography Awards in the landscape section,

Winning print . . . “A storm is coming now” won gold in the landscape section of the New Zealand Iris Professional Photography Awards for photographer Janyne Fletcher. PHOTO: JANYNE FLETCHER

“I was pretty stoked about that.”

The movements in the camera created a soft “painterly effect”, she said.

Another strand to her work was “real kiwiana” – one print is a composite triptych image of kowhai with waxeyes feeding at the edge of Crown Lynn cups.

“We put beef fat in the cups and I just photographed them – I put the camera on a tripod with a remote control.”

Before starting down the course of having her own workshop and gallery, Ms Fletcher was a professional photographer for 15 years.

“I was your normal family photographer. I would do quite a bit of commercial work too, so I sort of learned my craft a bit before I started doing this.”

All her prints are created at her workshop using a 12-colour pigment-ink wide-format printer.

“I have done darkroom printing work before, and I loved it because it’s like witchcraft, but if you are going to be in business, you need to produce things consistently, and of a high quality.”

Framing was also done at the Ranfurly workshop and gallery, with Ms Fletcher’s partner helping out.

“My partner has been a power of strength through this whole thing and has given me quite a few ideas for my photographs as well.”

Two years into having her own studio, Ms Fletcher is delighted at living and working in Ranfurly.

“I never would have dreamed I would be doing this, but I think the stars have come into alignment.”