Guest Artist: Jackie Ranken
Jackie is a photographer, artist and teacher living in Twizel, New Zealand.
She learnt her craft through thirty-five years of continual practice, working within the photographic industry as a sports photographer, wedding photographer, commercial photographer and photojournalist. For the past twenty years, she has been able to share the accumulated knowledge she has through running landscape and travel photography workshops in New Zealand and Internationally with her photographic husband Mike Langford.
What Jackie loves most about photography is the making of impressionistic, abstract photographs that express the feeling of a place.
She makes her images primarily through in-camera techniques. These include multiple exposures, intentional camera movements and stitched images made on my Tilt Shift lens.
In this year’s Waikaka Exhibition, she will be showing Photo Encaustic Artworks. This process allows her to apply an extra layer of texture, mark making and individuality to a photographic print.
“We learn about the photographic process from the inside out. It starts from the heart when we photograph the things that we love and things that we love doing. As time goes by we can’t help but want to make better photographs, so we learn from others as well as learn from the mistakes that we inevitably make. Over time our photography improves but we want to keep getting better, so we search for new ideas and learn from the ‘doing of it’ and taking part in what is going on in the world”.
You can view more of Jackie's work on her website and instagram page.