5 Jun 2021

Cameron McLaren: the challenge of capturing stillness

From Saturday Morning, 9:35 am on 5 June 2021
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Photo: Supplied / Cameron McLaren

Photographer Cameron McLaren has a knack for capturing humans in intimate or unusual moments. McLaren's immersive style has seen him embedded within the Gloriavale Christian Community on the West Coast, and with the New Zealand Police - to the point of accompanying them on a drug bust on a Wellington property.

But when the country went into level four lockdown last year, McLaren was presented with a new challenge - to shoot what wasn't there. As New Zealand became a worldwide fascination for its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, McLaren was commissioned by Washington Post photo editor Olivier Laurent to highlight what was happening here.

McLaren's works are on display on Auckland's waterfront as part of the Auckland Festival of Photography until 16 June. McLaren and Washington Post's Oliver Laurent will also share thoughts on their collaboration in Talking Culture on 13 June.