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Lifestylers an Exhibition, Opening at 3:30pm on Sunday 9 August 2015

Malkiat and Renata

 The Chamber Gallery 141 Percival Street, Rangiora, New Zealand

New Zealand has a unique type of person who is not characterised by class, race, creed or financial status.
These people are from a variety of backgrounds that reflects a New Zealand ideal,
which sadly is rapidly being forgotten and ignored.

Not all of these people own a lifestyle block, not all of them own the land they stand on, but all have a connection with the land,
from subsistence farming to painters of the land.
These are people who have a connection with the Land irrespective of their background.
Normally very private hidden behind hedges and fences,
they have consented to being part of this project.

I sent out a letter posted by hand and on social media asking for people to
take part I this project, and have had a large number of replies. The following exhibition is part of this ongoing project.

In this project I have been met with old world warmth, that I thought was lost or forgotten since we all helped each other in the Earthquake.
I hope my portraits portray the hidden community that I have called Lifestylers.

The letter:

My name is John Maillard, I am a photographer, my specialty is landscape photography and community photography.
I have worked as a photographer around the world for more than 30 years in a variety of ways, from West Africa to the USA.
Part of my work is based around the rural landscape in my local area; I am always out photographing in the hills and coast around this area.
I have also been photographing the rural landscape.

While engaged in this project I have come to realise that the rural landscape is protected and looked after by those who live in it.
I have collaborated in three books about the rural landscape and community halls of New Zealand, my work has been widely exhibited.
This year I would like to make a series of photographs that document the local people who live, work in, and look after our rural communities.
To this end I would like to make an environmental portrait of you and your family for an exhibition in August. If you are willing for me to take your portrait for this project

I will give you a print free of charge on 17 x 22 inch archival paper.
Please text, email or phone me if you would like to be part of this project.


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About John Maillard

Lake Wakatipu from Ten seconds of water, sky, land and peace

John Maillard has exhibited in galleries around New Zealand and the United Kingdom for over two decades. He has been a photojournalist and a commercial photographer in many countries from west Africa to San Francisco. John has specialised in documenting people and landscapes. For the past twelve years John has been studying New Zealand landscapes and in particular the culture of rural New Zealand, assembling a body of work which will reflect his love for this country. John has worked as a photographer in many countries around the world, notably, Gambia and west Africa, the United States and Europe.


2014        Art Box “community Halls” solo show
2014       Collected works Nut point center
2014       Public Space. Container image, landscape on four containers, center of
Sumner, NZ.
2012       Summer show Nut point center NZ
2012       time-lapse  with live performance by Roy Montgomery, the Physics
2011       Selected Landscapes Alexis Gallery
2010       Selected Landscapes Alexis Gallery
2009       Sole Contributing photographer for a projected multimedia display
at the Christchurch winter festival.
2009       COCA Christchurch, ‘New Work’ (November)
2008       COCA Christchurch, ‘Paths’
2008       Two Rivers Gallery, Cheviot, ‘Time and Paths’
2002.       CPIT School Art and design, ‘Digital printmaking’.
1999.       Moot Hall, Daventry, ‘Isle of Man Landscapes.’
1998.       Banbury college of Art, Landscapes, still lives and digital
images  of the ‘Isle of Man.’
1987        Wyvern Theatre Arts centre, Swindon.

Group exhibitions
2014        Chambers 241 gallery group show
2013.      “Unknowable” With Wendy Clarke, John Maillard, Stefan Roberts.
2013        Wellington academy of Arts. Cliff to Clay group show NZ
2012        Chambers 241 group show
2007        CPIT Staff Show, COCA Christchurch
2004.       Barbie Aotearoa, COCA Christchurch.
2001.       Road mender, Arts Center, Northampton. Arts Week.
1999.       Oxo Tower, the South Bank, London.

1997,  1998, 1998. 1999
The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury,
1985        Commonwealth Centre, London, Images of Malta.