My introduction to Auckland in December 1971 was living in Ponsonby, working at National women’s hospital and traveling the bus routes. In January 1973 I started working the nightshifts at the Ca d'Oro coffee house in Customs St – a well known haunt for Auckland’s gay and lesbian community. It was also a stop off point for local street workers. I learnt to make “special coffees” and felt completely at home. I started to slowly record what I was part of and saw. My first year at Elam school of Fine arts, Auckland University was a general introduction. I took sculpture in my second year and undertook installation & performance work and making super 8 films. I also recorded others performances. In my third year I moved to do Photography and set about to work solely in colour. In 1974 I helped build the first colour darkroom at Elam.
Here is a selection of work from this time.
Copies of all this work are available.