My personal favourite from the series – Pipikiri
Hawea, by Rakai Karaitiana
A mid-week Rest Area for you – the photography of Napier-based Rakai Karaitiana. Rakai is the very definition of multi-disciplinary designer, and I’ve admired him for many years. As well as being the art director behind some of the region’s best brand identities, he is a letterpress and screen-printing specialist, a textile and fashion designer, and the co-founder of Napier design destination Aroha + Friends).
Rakai recently partnered with our friends at endemicworld to hold an exhibition of his photography – a body of work titled Rest Area.
Rakai’s work is influenced by his lifetime love of the ocean, a childhood spent exploring the isolated breaks of the East Coast (summer roadies with his dad and siblings in the family falcon station wagon), and his exposure to the painted Ringatu marae of the east coast.
Atmospheric and evocative, these images remind me a little of the iconic, hand-tinted New Zealand photography by Whites Aviation (produced in the 50’s and 60’s and now collectors’ items) or a 19th century oil painting. I love that these photographic landscapes are making their way back into contemporary homes.