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Idiosyncrasy - Photographic Art by Rachael Smith

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Idiosyncrasy - Photographic Art by Rachael Smith

Award-winning photographer Rachael Smith is based in Palmerston North but she travels widely and is never without her camera. Idiosyncrasy is a collection of photographic images crafted to accentuate the beauty of seeing from a different perspective.

Her exhibition features twenty A2 black and white photographs documenting the built environment but looking at structures and the landscape from a unique viewpoint that few photographers have undertaken to capture and preserve as striking digital images.

Born and raised in Te Puke in the Bay of Plenty, she has lived in various parts of New Zealand as well as five years overseas in the USA and Malaysia; Rachael and her family currently reside in the Manawatu. Landscape and commercial photography has allowed Rachael to spend time in the outdoors with her three sons and very supportive husband.

Photography, wildlife, travel, growing her own produce and turning it into delicious food and beverages are some of the things that make Rachael tick! It was while living in the United States trying to capture the beauty of hummingbirds with her camera that Rachael’s passion and drive for photography really took hold.

Predominantly self-taught, Rachael has a sound grounding in photographic basics having studied black and white fine art photography with internationally acclaimed master photographer, Swiss-based, Athena Carey, whom she considers a mentor in this genre.

Rachael is interested in a wide range of photographic techniques rather than one specific niche. Previously she has produced a series of images using the ‘Intentional Camera Movement’ method. The artist doesn’t like carrying a lot of equipment around and prides herself in achieving maximum results with minimal gear.

Her landscape and travel images have won awards within New Zealand at the NZ Institute of Professional Photographers (NZIPP) Awards. In recent years Rachael has attained a Silver Award with Distinction; 7 Silver Awards and 14 Bronze Awards for photographs submitted for NZIPP competition. The artist is a NZIPP Fully Accredited Professional Photographer and this year (2018) she was awarded a NZIPP Master of Photography. In addition, she has had award-winning images published in Germany and the USA.

With photography becoming more and more accessible to everyone through affordable high-quality equipment and the prevalence of in-phone cameras, Rachael strives to produce B&W photographs that are unique and striking images which illustrate her understanding of the play of light and shadow. The results are often everyday objects, scenes or structures that are presented in a way that captivates the eye and inspires the viewer.

A perfectionist in her work, Rachael Smith does all of her own printing using fine art papers and archival ink. Lovers of fine high quality photography will be delighted with the images that artist Rachael Smith has captured on paper and chosen to display in this exhibition.

In addition to pleasing herself with her images as well as the judges at national and international photographic competitions, Rachael also operates Rahera Photography Limited a professional photography company dedicated to producing imagery for a wide range of clients.


Stuart Schwartz can be reached at 06 355 4278 or via email at

The public is always invited to view special exhibitions and other artworks held at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts, 33 George Street, Palmerston North during gallery hours: Monday – Thursday, 10 to 5; Friday 10 to 6 and Saturday, 10 to 3. The Gallery is closed Sundays and all statutory holidays except for special events.

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