5 minutes with a photographer whose exhibition will take you to Kabul and back

Joe Dowling, a.k.a. 50 percent of gallivanting photography collective Paper Pirates, this week presents his first solo exhibition at Allpress Studio down on Drake Street. Serving as a retrospective of his time spent travelling and working in the Middle East, the images that comprise A Window That Isn’t There have been processed in photo labs located in Iraqi backstreets. The result is a first-hand account of the day to day reality of war-town Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq. To shed some more light on the subject, and what to expect from the exhibition, we threw a few questions Dowling’s way. This is what he came back with:

What drew you to the Middle East? 
“I have a long-standing interest in conflict zones, photojournalism and documentary photography, so the trip’s genesis was around shooting these genres. Also, I love backgammon, and backgammon was invented in the Middle East — it all made sense really.”

What subject matter did you choose to photograph and why?
“My main impetus was to photograph daily life and how people react to conflict and adversity. I shot a lot of (environmental) portraiture and in between did my best to shoot scenes and objects which I observed as allegorical to the narrative I was hearing from the places I visited.”

What camera(s) do you use?
“I shot primarily on a Nikon FM 35mm camera and an old 35mm screw mount Leica.” 

What was your most profound realisation about life in the Middle East?
“That one of my favourite photographs in the show was taken of an Afghan security guard’s hand by accident.”

What do you hope people take away from the exhibition?
“I just hope people find it interesting. I’ve tried to construct my own narrative through the work, but I want people to interpret that themselves.”

*Kicking off tomorrow night at 6pm, A Window That Isn’t There will run from 1st-10th February at the Allpress Studio with support from Brothers Beer and Odyssey Wines.

Allpress Studio

8 Drake Street
Auckland

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Auckland’s newest ice cream pop-up will have you blowing smoke

With the glorious weather calling out to be accompanied by something cool and creamy, our latest obsession, a gelateria and sorbet source on wheels — also known as Nitro Cow — is one we’ll gladly be stalking in the coming weeks.

Using the theatrical powers of liquid nitrogen, the small but mighty trailer plays host to a slew of seriously smooth made-to-order creations, with flavours like Peanut Butter and Jelly, S’mores, Salted Caramel (and many more to come) making a tantalising appearance. But, by far, drawing in the crowds is the Instagram-worthy Nitro Cow rendition of Dragon’s Breath. The famed dessert calls for ice cream (or in this case, gelato) balls coated in liquid nitrogen that, when eaten, allow one to breathe ‘smoke’.

Sure to pop up wherever you might be enjoying the sunshine, you’d be wise to catch the delightful Nitro Cow creations at this Saturday’s Silo Park Market as well as the Night Noodle Markets happening from the 9th til the 12th of February 2017.

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The bad boy of ballet is coming to Auckland

Sergei Polunin isn’t your traditional ballet dancer. He’s scattered with ink and scars; haunted by a past of club drugs and partying; remembered for walking out of performances; and infamous for his 2012 decision to quit the Royal Ballet. Unconventionally handsome with ice blue eyes and stark white skin, he was the dance world’s tortured headliner for years, before becoming an international phenomenon in 2015 thanks to a raw, David LaChapelle-directed performance to Hozier’s Take Me to Church and 2016 documentary, Dancer. 

Bringing his uniquely emotive stylings to the Auckland Arts Festival this March, Polunin will join classical ballerina Natalia Osipova in her first-ever commissioned show, Natalia Osipova & Guests. ‘Visceral, emotional intensity blended with impressive technical excellence’ as put by the Huffington Post, the performance will see the famed Osipova — who has trained with The Bolshoi, American Ballet Theatre and The Royal Ballet — take to the stage for an incredible display of modern dance, where she will be joined by Polunin, and fellow dancers Jason Kittelberger and James O’Hara throughout the night.

A powerful evening with four of the finest performers of our time, tickets to the March 24th, 25th and 26th shows are set to sell out, so be sure to snap up your tickets, here.

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4 outdoor sofas that will transform your summer lifestyle

Let’s not lie; when the good weather comes out to play, there’s no other place we’d rather be than in our very own back yards, basking in the glory of an indescribably good kiwi summer. Hence, the right lounging accoutrements are essential. The perfect tool for giving your outdoor space those modern Malibu mansion meets Greek island vibes are, of course, the esteemed lines of RODA. Elevating your al fresco prospects with the help of these impeccable and enduring lounge pieces makes it impossible not to spend your days outside. Seek them out locally at David Shaw.

David Shaw

17 Earle St
Parnell

(09) 368 5829

www.davidshaw.co.nz

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The new Rolex Day-Date 40 keeps time better than official timekeepers

Purveyor of some of the world's finest timepieces, Rolex is raising the bar even further with its latest innovation.

Ask any watch specialist for their take on which brand sets the standard for reliability and precision, and they will invariably give you the same answer. The first maker to invent a waterproof wristwatch in 1926 – still known today as the Oyster case – Rolex has been forever paving the way by creating timepieces that are not only beautiful but also supremely robust. Investing an enormous amount of research and development, the company’s latest innovation is bringing an unprecedented level of precision to its already formidable reputation.

Introducing an entirely new movement created by revisiting more than 90 percent of its components with 14 new patents, Rolex’s Calibre 3255 is delivering timekeeping twice as precise as an official chronometer. A rarity in the world of automatic watches, the new Calibre also possesses a three day power reserve – a whole day more than its predecessor. In everyday terms this means the watch will continue to keep its time from a Friday through a Monday, even if it’s not worn or wound. Setting an even higher benchmark than that of the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute, Rolex goes further to test the conditions from actual daily wear on the wrist, rather than individual parts in the lab to deliver the most dependable timekeeping possible.

Honing in further on core characteristics of resistance to shock and magnetism – an important aspect with today’s prevalence of electronics – this is one well oiled time machine that will never let you down.

Mansors Jewellers

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Auckland CBD

(09) 303 2839

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The most Instagrammable drinks in town

Combining our undying devotion for a decent drink and all things aesthetically pleasing, we’ve selflessly done the hard yards to find you Auckland’s most Instagrammable beverages. Some sweet, some spicy and most with a sizeable kick of the good stuff, may we present you with your 2017 Booze Bucket List.

Steaming Copper Kettles at Bedford Soda & Liquor
The novelty factor of this libation alone makes it a worthy order. Combining ice-cold apple and feijoa juice, jasmine green tea, cucumber, mint and vodka in a pot; it’s no wonder bright copper kettles were one of young Maria’s favourite things…

The Pomegranate Thyme at Meadow
Highlighting our favourite flavour of the season in suitably suave style, this refreshing potion is only set to grace the menu for a few more weeks, so be sure to get in before it’s gone.

Tropical Fruit Punch Du Jour at Blue Breeze Inn
Sometimes, simple is most photogenic. Especially when it entails an abundance of island fruits, laced with revitalising, pressed-to-order sugarcane juice. So good is this potation that we’ll gladly deal with the fact that it is alcohol-free.

Anything at Caretaker
We can’t tell you which drink to order at this underground drinking den, because the bartenders don’t work from a menu. Instead, they’ll listen to what you like and dislike then whip up something to suit. And though you’ll never know what’s coming, you can be sure it’ll be pretty.

Montenegro Mule at Coley & Punch
Beckoning us to sip on a little something cool at this seaside speakeasy, this twist on the classic is an icy thirst quencher made with fresh lime, ginger, Montenegro amaro liqueur, ginger beer and angostura bitters.

Blueberry Mojito at Scarlett Slimms & Lucky
Providing a salubrious twist to the irresistible fresh, punchy cocktail, this floral-adorned swig has been known to give rise to a boogie or two, how Instagrammable that may be, we can’t guarantee.

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From viral videos to hosting pancake parties where you can have a hot cake crafted in your own image, we’ve spent the last hour scrolling and now all we want is to dive into a steamy stack dowsed in maple syrup.

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Check out this amazing campaign that was shot underwater

Ecoya is a brand we unfailingly turn to in the name of transforming our homes into ambient oases. But its latest release is one to hit our sense of sight before it does our sense of smell. The luscious brand has employed none other than emerging New Zealand artist Georgie Malyon to direct their latest campaign for their limited edition winter fragrances.

Having been a florist for 10 years, Malyon herself fashioned the botanical installations that are quickly becoming her hallmark. The show-stealing aspect of this campaign, however, is the fact that it was built and photographed underwater using traditional techniques that involve dropping paint into water.

The opportunity to capture the paint’s dissipation is fleeting, but when executed as artfully as it has been here, it perfectly depicts the concept of a candle’s smell enveloping the space.

Ecoya’s limited edition Sweet Strawberry & Blackberry Leaf and Crisp Aqua & Tiare Flower candles will be available on 6th February. 

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10 essential tips for entertaining at home — according to an expert

It was late last year that Jonah Reider descended on our shores to host a pop-up in the form of ‘Auckland’s smallest restaurant‘. Schooling us on the art of entertaining guests when faced with the most confined of spaces — his Columbia University dormitory for example — we figured we’d gladly channel his integral tips for our next intimate dinner party.

1. Part of being a good cook is being a good curator
You don’t have to create everything from scratch. There is nothing wrong with bringing in an awesome dish or ingredient. For instance, why would I make salami if I can buy an incredible one from my favourite deli?

2. Have ice on hand
Drinking goes hand in hand with food and uses ice faster than you think. Ice also helps people drink more slowly because it takes up space in a glass. Have a bunch of ice trays or a bag of ice on hand and you’ll be able to entertain for longer than you thought.

3. Don’t worry about recipes and buying really specific ingredients
Pick up quality, seasonal produce that’s available locally, don’t spend more money than you want, and figure out a way to whip it into something amazing once you’re home!

4. Stock your pantry well with good quality basics
Such as spices and olive oil. Then if you pick up a few things last minute, whatever you feel like or whatever your guests bring over, you’ll be ready to go.

5. Use a versatile kitchen appliance
Which will quickly become your best friend in the kitchen. KitchenAid’s Artisan Mini is perfect as it opens up endless possibilities – from burgers and sausages to bread, spiralised vegetables and dessert. Plus you can finish off some dishes right in front of the guests, which will create theatre, conversation and a sense of inclusivity.

6. Pick awesome music
It sets the tone and helps guests relax. (Download Jonah’s cooking playlist here.)

7. Take a bit of pressure off
Snacks served at room temperature are awesome as you can prep them beforehand and your guests can nibble away as you ready the first course. Nuts, dips and artisan meats will do the trick.

8. Don’t get hung up on one course, especially if it’s super complicated
It’s better to serve a handful of small plates than slave away on one. Plus if it goes wrong, you have other awesome dishes to fall back on.

9. Guests are there for a good time as well as good food
Don’t sweat the details. Set the mood with music and simple, small décor touches such as candles. Conversation is key. Your guests don’t all need to know each other. It’s about a good mix of personalities, interests and outlooks that will create awesome conversations and memories.

10. Don’t get stressed in the kitchen
It makes guests stressed. Have fun when you screw up!

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Al Gore just debuted ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’, and we’re scared

When Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth hit screens in 2006, the world took notice. Telling it like it was, the one-time presidential candidate forced the facts of climate change upon us with vehemence, showing with no unfaltering certainty that if we, and the powers that be, didn’t instantly take notice and adapt, our world wouldn’t survive. For all its success and earth-shattering revelations however, it turns out — we didn’t get the picture. So this year, Gore returns with An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth or Power, a new documentary showing us the harsh consequences of our inaction.

Highlighting how even the original documentary’s most ridiculed predictions are beginning to come to fruition, the new film shows how, in just 10 years, the world’s environmental standing has declined. Following his tireless crusade, it’s a painfully tough journey in which a visibly weary Gore constantly finds himself up against big corporations, governments and climate change deniers that simply refuse to accept the facts. A powerful film and timely reminder that we cannot afford to slacken any further, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth or Power does show that there is still hope — so long as we are willing to change. A celebrated screening at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, the documentary is due for release in late July.

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