Portraits of iconic local personalities and landscapes of Devonport by emerging photographer Lia Kent Mackillop provide the visual substance of this 116 page, full colour publication. No less significant are the words of those photographed which accompany the images to deep and personal effect. The portraiture and sense of place created through this combination is both friendly and challenging as it draws attention to the fact – meaningful communities don’t just happen, they are made and evolve through continuous participation.
Tūrangawaewae – Sense of Place celebrates the people who have worked hard to build the Devonport community, illustrating this through an exploration of the history, geography and demography of the Devonport community; the components that contribute to its unmistakable identity.
Background: Devonport in Auckland is home to Depot Artspace the publisher of this publication. The Devonport community is unique in many ways and is often noted for creativity, social awareness and a distinct cultural heritage. Often noted is Devonport’s contribution to the support of women’s rights as the first borough to grant women the vote in 1893 and the first borough to be declared nuclear free in 1981 due to the active concern of its community. It is also of note that the photographer and editor, Lia Kent Mackillop, lived in Devonport in her teenage years and has strong family connections with the area with many family members still residing here.
Limited numbers of the full colour, first hand numbered edition of 100, are available for $40.00 from the Depot Artspace.