Esther Bunning, our 2020 ANZAC Bridge Fellow and a resident of Greytown, Wairarapa, is a photographic artist who uses a camera as a paintbrush. Regarded as one of New Zealand’s finest creative portrait photographers, she is a Nikon Ambassador for New Zealand, an Asukabook Ambassador for Australasia, and an Honorary Fellow and Grand Master of the NZIPP (NZ Institute of Professional Photography). She has been working as a photographer for over 25 years.
Esther loves to combine the magic of blur, movement, abstraction and light to tell visual stories and her work has a magical and emotive quality. Her signature style is recognisable by her use of creative in-camera techniques, and she produces beautiful images that transcend photography.
In 2020, Friends of ANZAC Bridge are focusing on the Mounted Rifles and the horses that went to war. Esther’s vision for the NZ Pacific Studio 2020 ANZAC Bridge Fellowship combines her love of horses, her background in textile design, and the enjoyment she gets working with the words and stories of children as collaborations with her imagery.
Esther's Fellowship project culminates on ANZAC Day Service 2pm at The ANZAC Memorial Bridge, Kaiparoro. All welcome.
She envisages the final pieces will be 3-Dimensional fabric banner installations with an organic feel, reflecting the movement and energy of the horses. Esther believes that the stories of the horses that went to war are timeless and the historical context makes them always relevant to New Zealand history.
Photo credit: Terry Hahn Photographer.