“Blessing the Pharaoh” symbolises the dawning of a new age that returns the sacred feminine back into harmony in our psyche. The painting tells an alchemical, archetypal story of inner sight unifying left and right brain ways of thinking. The figures are based on the Egyptian statue in Cairo museum of the gods Horus (left) and Seth (right) blessing Ramesses III.
The central figure has Sofia’s eyes and the facial features and moko kauae (chin tattoo) of her tupuna (ancestors). She embodies atua wahine - divine feminine lunar energy. The artist sees her as Hine-nui-te-pō, the goddess at the threshold of life and death who guards her human children as they travel through Rarohenga, the underworld.
Sofia is drawn to the ever-unfolding wisdom and links between Māori and Egyptian myths, which demonstrate principles of nature in the form of gods and goddesses. Here the artist weaves a new cross-cultural story, yet it is an eternally old one about the transformation of consciousness. With these symbols the taonga (treasures) of ancestral knowledge are passed onto future generations.
Artwork by Sofia Minson
Video brought to you by Sofia Minson Art.
Art meets Engineering
‘Documentary work of this nature serves as a reminder that the role of photography can still be to surprise: to reveal the unseen and, quite literally, to bring light to otherwise dark places.’
Andrew Clark, Art New Zealand Magazine
Photographers Tammy Williams and Gareth Moon were given unprecedented access to document one of New Zealand’s most ambitious civic projects, the Waterview Tunnel.
Given little capacity in the working environment for posed setup’s the pair adopted an observational approach and set out to generate an artistic record of the people building the tunnel.
The results of their photos confirm the tunnel’s place in engineering history. Graphic, iconic and powerful. Engaging portraits and unreal landscapes. The photography tells a story of audacious engineering, humanity and the contrasts and interactions between the two.
Directed by Manfred Reiff
Produced by Must Films
Photography by Gareth Moon & Manfred Reiff
This is test shot from a project for KVB Bank
feating time-lapse photography from Auckland, Sydney, Toronto New York and Hongkong.
Poduced by Must Films in Shanghai . Watch this space for the finished TVC.
A World In Your Window.
A new short Film Written & Directed by Zoe Macintosh a long time friend and collaborator.
We are in pre production for Zoe's second short film exploring the world through the
eyes of an 8 year old boy, while he and his father overcome the loss of his mother.
Shooting late Oct with, due for release mid 2016.
watch this space for more pre production images.
Kpax Brand and Web site production
When asked to come on board to create a new identity for KPAX a financial
services and software development company in London. We where presented
with a range of obstacles to over come. The main challenge was to design
something that transcended the wide verity of European and Asian language and design
preferences. The company had a rapidly growing presents across
Europe and in to the emerging markets of Asia.
The brief was to make a strong visual package that can adapt to different
markets and a wide range of format's from digital, print through to IOS
and android Apps
With the knowledge that the text was going to change depending on the territory.
We stared with one question, how do we tell this story in one Image ?
Our approach as story tellers was to create a deeper understanding of the
type of personality we need to communicate too. No one on the team had
the fist clue about merchant banking, stock and currency traders.
So we retained the help of Steve Robertson, a 30 year veteran of the
Hong Kong banking industry, We are very grateful for his time and wisdom.
In retrospect, working for start up companies is always a challenge, The briefs are often ambitious.
Things move quickly often with out the time to create cohesion in the face of apposing forces.
Art Director & Producer : Gareth Moon
Research & Legal : Tommy James Walker
tLead Designer : Rebecca Taylor - www.risecreative.co.nz
Assistant Designer : Rachael Clark
We Where asked By Hay Maker Creative in Vancouver to profile New Zealand Based, Artists Designers, Architects and Musicians.
The brief was as part of the NZ inspired Campaign for Treasury Wine Estates, as an internal presentation to its Directors, Share holders and Sales teams,
Our brief was to answer the question. what makes "New World Wine" an exciting and challenging enterprise?
Client : Treasury Wine Estates
Agency : Haymaker Creative - Vancouver
Directed By : Zoe Mcintosh
Producer : Olivier jean
Creative : Gareth Moon - Olivier jean
Photography : Gareth Moon
Art Director : Ash Turner
Post Production : Pleasure Kraft
Music : Peter Hobbs
WATER VIEW TUNNEL PROJECT
I am honoured to collaborate with my good friend and colleague Tammy Williams on a book project for Fletcher Construction.
We have a rear opportunity to spend 6 months following and documenting the people behind this land mark project.
Underground the space feels like something out of a science fiction movie ,
its unlike any environment i have had the pleasure to work in.
Watch this space for more images.
Flox: MADE IN TAIWAN
A process document profiling Hayley King , aka Flox recent residency in Taipei , Taiwan
Photography , and Art Direction Gareth Moon
Design: Rebecca Taylor < RiseDesign
Its hard to believe its been 5 years ,
I wander back through my archives both physical and emotional , I find it hard to piece back the memories of what Lyttelton once looked like . . .
Apon reflection its much easier to connect with the memories of people and how we enjoyed this special place.
What i love about returning to Lyttelton is that the buildings may have gone but the community is whole. Kiakaha
Whenua , The Energy of the land
I AM: The Maori Jesus
In response to James K. Baxters infamous poem ‘The Maori Jesus’, Ben Brown paints his epiphany as a street walking native, pushing back the veneer of wellbeing to reveal a discomforting real world picture of self abuse, religious contempt and anger. A powerful proposal from a contemporary Maori, on how he views himself and his surrounding.
Recorded Live in front of a studio audience, this revelationary piece of poetry become immortalized in wax as a direct to disk recording in a one-off performance at The Naval Point Yacht Club on the 19th of April, 2013. We where honored and privileged to document this special moment.
East is an ongoing photo project documenting the social geography's of Asia.
We have witnessed massive change through out the Asian sub continent in the last decade
These images are about exploring the faces and land-scapes of a culture in the process of change.
All the images been made on a Hasselblad X Pan. Photographed in over 11 different countries since 2005.