Ryan McCauley is a Wellington-based photographer who has a
strong interest in landscape and the built
environment. Over the past few years he has explored
these topics in various way utilising a wide variety of
Ryan completed achieved a 1st Class Honours in Design in 2011
from Massey University and and a Masters of Fine Arts in
"I used these projects to expand my skills and photographic
During his Masters, Ryan travelled to Timor Leste twice,
investigating the role of the built environment in exploring the
past, but also defining and moulding the identity of the young
It was during his Honours course that Ryan became
interested in pinhole photography, but only since completing his
Masters has he begun to explore the technology again.
"My interest in the pinhole medium lies in its
inherent photographic quality, but also in its distinct lack of
clarity, an attribute which I link to its use as a mnemonic medium.
In a world where we are bombarded by images, I believe that
utilising pinhole technology allows me to frame the world in such a
way that the familiar is skewed, and as viewers, we are asked to
engage with the images in a new way. I intend this unfamiliarity to
not only question the viewer to explore the photographic image in a
new way, but also to question the process of vision that we rely on
Ryan goes on to explain that "the pinhole
medium after all is essentially the same basic optical mechanism as
the lens in our eye. It is, however, our brain that rearranges the
world and makes sense of it. The images I create seek to disrupt
our natural ordering of vision, and explore a naturally unnatural
image-making process and create work that encourages extended
viewing through subtle defamiliarisation".
Ryan is showing his latest works at Mint Gallery from
29th May to 11th June. They were all shot around Dunedin
and created using the pinhole method.