Rachael Smith

Award-winning photographer Rachael Smith is based in Palmerston North but she travels widely and is never without her camera. Idiosyncrasy is a collection of photographic images crafted to accentuate the beauty of seeing from a different perspective. Her exhibition features twenty A2 black and white photographs documenting the built environment but looking at structures and the landscape from a unique viewpoint that few photographers have undertaken to capture and preserve as striking digital images.

Born and raised in Te Puke in the Bay of Plenty, she has lived in various parts of New Zealand as well as five years overseas in the USA and Malaysia; Rachael and her family currently reside in the Manawatu. Landscape and commercial photography has allowed Rachael to spend time in the outdoors with her three sons and very supportive husband. Photography, wildlife, travel, growing her own produce and turning it into delicious food and beverages are some of the things that make Rachael tick! It was while living in the United States trying to capture the beauty of hummingbirds with her camera that Rachael’s passion and drive for photography really took hold. Predominantly self-taught, Rachael has a sound grounding in photographic basics having studied black and white fine art photography with internationally acclaimed master photographer, Swiss-based, Athena Carey, whom she considers a mentor in this genre.

Rachael is interested in a wide range of photographic techniques rather than one specific niche. Previously she has produced a series of images using the ‘Intentional Camera Movement’ method. The artist doesn’t like carrying a lot of equipment around and prides herself in achieving maximum results with minimal gear. Her landscape and travel images have won awards within New Zealand at the NZ Institute of Professional Photographers (NZIPP) Awards. In recent years Rachael has attained a Silver Award with Distinction; 7 Silver Awards and 14 Bronze Awards for photographs submitted for NZIPP competition. The artist is a NZIPP Fully Accredited Professional Photographer and this year (2018) she was awarded a NZIPP Master of Photography. In addition, she has had award-winning images published in Germany and the USA.

With photography becoming more and more accessible to everyone through affordable high-quality equipment and the prevalence of in-phone cameras, Rachael strives to produce B&W photographs that are unique and striking images which illustrate her understanding of the play of light and shadow. The results are often everyday objects, scenes or structures that are presented in a way that captivates the eye and inspires the viewer. A perfectionist in her work, Rachael Smith does all of her own printing using fine art papers and archival ink. Lovers of fine high quality photography will be delighted with the images that artist Rachael Smith has captured on paper and chosen to display in this exhibition. In addition to pleasing herself with her images as well as the judges at national and international photographic competitions, Rachael also operates Rahera Photography Limited a professional photography company dedicated to producing imagery for a wide range of clients.

Other Upcoming Exhibitions.

Previous Exhibitions.

By: Rachael Smith
- 26 Oct 18

The Art Room (Term 3)
By: Manawatu Art Teachers Association
- 24 Sep 18

By: Willie Docherty
- 25 Aug 18

The Infinite Smallness of Being
By: Raemon Rolfe and David Lupton
- 13 Jul 18

Land & Water
By: Timon Maxey
- 22 Jun 18

By: Don Hill & Steve Leurink
- 01 Jun 18

By: New Paintings by Ross Whitlock
- 07 Apr 18

By: Roger Staples
- 02 Mar 18

A Family Affair
By: Colin Hoare and sons James and Alex
- 02 Feb 18

By: Vivian McKenna
- 12 Jan 18

Echoes Of Fiordland
By: Annabel Neall
- 12 Dec 17

By: Te Wananga o Aotearoa Graduate Weavers 2017
- 13 Nov 17

By: Sue Weterings
- 20 Oct 17

IRIS: Photography Exhibition
By: 2017 Epsom/NZIPP Award Winners
- 06 Oct 17

Land and Water
By: Jacky Pearson
- 08 Sep 17

Moments of Transcendent Beauty
By: Paul Lyons
- 11 Aug 17

“Exploring the Intersection Between Detail and Suggestion”
By: John Tidball
- 15 Jul 17

‘The Spaces Between’
By: Anne Morris
- 17 Jun 17

‘The Primacy of Gesture’
By: Ross Whitlock
- 12 May 17

By: Alfred Memelink
- 23 Mar 17

By: Vivian McKenna
- 03 Mar 17

Across the Ditch
By: Australian and New Zealand Print Artists
- 04 Feb 17

“GIVEN TIME AND SPACE” Abstracted Imagery
By: Colin Hoare
- 06 Jan 17

By: Watercolours by Celia Guy
- 03 Dec 16

E Toru nga Mea
By: Weaving and Carving Graduates Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Papaio
- 14 Nov 16

Dot's Nice
By: Elka
- 21 Oct 16

Colour Blast: Work That Jump Off the Canvas
By: Boyd-Dunlop
- 10 Sep 16

Heart Standing Still
By: Rachael Smith
- 30 Sep 16

SAMPLING: Paintings by Jayson Rollon & WARMING BODY & SOUL: Caohagan Island Quilts
By: Jayson Rollon & WARMING BODY & SOUL
- 25 Jul 16

Head for the Coast New Work
By: Beth Charles & Robert Charles
- 11 Mar 16

Extraordinary Art: Paintings
By: Paula Novak
- 12 Feb 16

Window to the Falling Sun: Paintings
By: Annabel Neall
- 04 Dec 15

By: Paul Lyons
- 14 Nov 15

An exhibition of Maori Art - Maunga Kura Toi degree artists of Te Wananga o Aotearoa
By: Te Koru
- 03 Nov 15

Country to Coast
By: Nicholas Hayter
- 11 Oct 15

Anything Goes: Annual Exhibition
By: Manawatu Spinners and Weavers Guild
- 28 Sep 15

By: Dennis Greenwood
- 15 Sep 15

"Soul Is Eternal":
By: Wayne Hansen
- 29 Aug 15