Beautiful NZ landscapes brought to life

LIAM HYSLOP
Last updated 15:34 10/02/2014
Joseph Michael

Artist Joseph Michael uses time-lapse photography to bring to life amazing landscapes and awe-inspiring starscapes from around the country.

Artist Joseph Michael
TIME-LAPSE KING: Artist Joseph Michael.

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Stunning day-in-the-life visuals of 10 epic New Zealand locations are captured in an exhibition in Auckland.

Artist Joseph Michael used time-lapse photography to bring to life amazing landscapes and awe-inspiring starscapes from around the country in four-minute looped videos, each presented in ultra high definition.

Described as the "king of time-lapse' by Photography Monthly UK, Michael said the project was one of the most demanding he has ever undertaken.

"This project was challenging every step of the way.

"In terms of my skill as an artist and film maker, it really pushed me beyond what I thought was capable. 

"It also placed extreme demands on both me physically, and my gear."

Michael and his crew travelled the length of the country to capture the landscapes.

It involved hiking to find the best vantage points and lugging a massive amount of gear. 

His toughest shoot was a solo expedition into the Matukituki Valley behind Wanaka, where he carried 25 kilograms of camera gear in a tough day-long trek, sometimes scaling near vertical cliffs, to reach the shoot location.

His proudest shoot - a snow-storm captured above the Routeburn Track in Fiordland - came at the end of five arduous days filming in the rain and only after the local ranger shared his food so Michael and his crew could extend their stay.

"We made it work and it's one of my favourite shots in the exhibition.

"You can literally see a snowstorm blanketing the valley then melting away the next day.

"The results are breathtaking."

The exhibition called Dark Cloud/White Light is on until February 26 at Silo 6 Gallery in Auckland.

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