Call for Entries - All About Photo Awards 2020

Jake Mein: Six for Gold

Jake Mein: Six for Gold
Jake Mein: Six for Gold
In 1998, I found myself in New Zealand, a world away from coastal Maine where I had been living. Glaciers extending to the road, fjords and mountains and deserts, sandy beaches where I could dig a hole and they would fill with hot water to soak in, thermal activity like Iceland, the Bay of Islands with its green hills, the pancake rocks, the glow worm tunnels, kiwi birds and kakapos, Stewart Island with the surprise of the Aurora Australis, the Otego peninsula with those round boulders, but also with those tiny sapphire blue penguins that are only a foot tall (where did they come from?) and down somewhere near Bluff, the world's 8th largest aluminium smelter where I could take a free tour and walk across a magnetic field that not only made all the nails I was holding in my hands stand up on their metal points, but which probably changed my body forever...I don't know where to start or stop, really, when it comes to New Zealand. I hitchhiked everywhere, not worrying about getting abducted and chopped into pieces like I would have if I'd been in America. Often, I would be pulling my backpack out of the trunk of one car and another car would pull up and I'd just transfer my pack. People would let me stay with them or take me places I wouldn't have found on my own, wandering and exploring and wondering in my late 20s having put a career on hold for search of self, as we do or should do at some point. I ended up being gone for years, but those months in New Zealand were magical, pre-Lord of the Rings and pre-The Hobbit, just an unadulterated country waiting. Or so it was for this traveler.

I'd forgot about those wanderings until recently when I was looking through the submissions to Issue 12 of Aint-Bad Magazine. There was a set of pictures of a beautiful landscape with a youth movement that was intense. When I read Jake Mein's artist's statement, I realized that this was his coming of age story in his home country of New Zealand.

Here's what the photographer had to say about this work:

"A sense of belonging is something I've always struggled with. This familiarity with a place and the people that inhabit it intrigues me. This series began with these ideas in 2009, the focus being on Aotearoa, my home. The subjects were generally solo and confronting. As time went on this expanded as did the locations, I began concentrating on the deterioration of familiar places and people, not only in New Zealand, but further abroad. 'Six for Gold' explores an inherent need to belong and the search that follows."

As a viewer, I'm not exactly sure what "Six for Gold" means or what it references (though when I look it up, the first lead is to a book where the sheep are cutting their own throats...this makes me pause...), but I understand Jake Mein's search and the intensity of his looking and I like where these pictures are taking him. And me.

Jake Mein

Jake Mein

Jake Mein

Jake Mein

Jake Mein

Jake Mein

Jake Mein

Jake Mein

Jake Mein

Jake Mein

Biography
Jake Mein (b.1988) is an artist based in Wellington, New Zealand. He received his Bachelor of design in Photography in 2012 from the Massey University. His work explores a sense of belonging, home, and the deterioration of those familiar places. His recent work has looked at his hometown of Christchurch following the 2011 earthquake which levelled the city, as well as his first published photography book, 'Six for Gold'.

Jake Mein

Jake Mein

Jake Mein

Jake Mein

Jake Mein

Jake Mein

Jake Mein

Jake Mein

Jake Mein

Jake Mein

Jake Mein

Jake Mein

Jake Mein

Jake Mein

Jake Mein

Jake Mein

Jake Mein

Jake Mein

Jake Mein

Jake Mein

Jake Mein

Jake Mein

Jake Mein

Jake Mein

Jake Mein

Jake Mein


  Jake Mein
Photo LA
Sponsored Link
 

More Photography News

Interview
Exclusive interview with Svetlin Yosifov
Exclusive interview with Svetlin Yosifov
Svetlin Yosifov is a freelance photographer based in Bulgaria. He won the 1st place for the AAP Magazine #9 Shadows with his work 'Mursi People'. We...
  Read More
Event
Finding Your Vision Workshop with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb
Finding Your Vision Workshop with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb
Do you know where you're going next with your photography-or where it's taking you? This intensive weekend workshop will help photographers begin to...
  Read More
Publication
This Is How the Heart Beats by Jake Naughton and Jacob Kushner
This Is How the Heart Beats by Jake Naughton and Jacob Kushner
Same-sex relations are illegal in thirty-two African countries. Most, including Kenya and Uganda, were former British colonies, and the legacy of the...
  Read More
Event
Life Interrupted: A photography exhibition focused on lives altered by circumstance
Life Interrupted: A photography exhibition focused on lives altered by circumstance
The Plaxall Gallery & Long Island City Artists (LIC-A) invite you to join us for the Opening Reception of Life Interrupted curated by Orestes...
  Read More
Publication
PRESENT by Stephan Vanfleteren
PRESENT by Stephan Vanfleteren
Stephan Vanfleteren is mainly known to the general public for his penetrating black & white portrait photography, but over the past decades his work...
  Read More
Best-Of
Best Rising Photographers of January 2020
Best Rising Photographers of January 2020
Here is a selection of a few portfolios for the month of January 2020 from rising photographers we think you should take a look at. We hope you enjoy...
  Read More
Best-Of
Best Modern Photographers of January 2020
Best Modern Photographers of January 2020
New Year, new portfolios! We continue to discover incredible work from photographers that live and travel all around the world. Here is a selection of...
  Read More
Best-Of
Best Photography Grants
Best Photography Grants
Applying for artist grants is a great way for photographers to complement their income to ease the financial burden that often comes as part of being...
  Read More
Event
Announcing photo l.a. 2020 Exhibitors
Announcing photo l.a. 2020 Exhibitors
The 28th edition of photo l.a. would like to proudly welcome you to visit our exhibitors at the historic Barker Hangar, Santa Monica from January 30th...
  Read More
Event
Erik Hijweege : New Habitat
Erik Hijweege : New Habitat
Across the globe, more and more species are in peril. According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, over 19,000 species are facing extinction....
  Read More
Equipment
15 Digital Point-and-Shoot Cameras Used By Pro Photographers
15 Digital Point-and-Shoot Cameras Used By Pro Photographers
To get professional photos is it necessary to have a digital SLR camera with lenses worth thousands of dollars? Sooner or later you will have asked...
  Read More
Interview
Interview with Bill Owen
Interview with Bill Owen
Bill Owens took iconic photos of the Hells Angels beating concertgoers with pool cue sticks at the Rolling Stones' performance during the Altamont...
  Read More
Photo LA
Sponsored Link
Join our newsletter
Be up-to-date with call for entries, deadlines and other news about exhibitions, galleries, publications, & special events
 
Photo Contest - All About Photo Awards 2020
 
Discover the Latest Issue of AAP Magazine
All About Photo Magazine showcases the winners of AAP Magazine Competitions
 
 
 
David Bailey: SUMO
Sponsored Link
 
Explore All About Photo