Peta Carey - A Place for the Heart
Photographer and film location scout Dave Comer was popularly known as 'the man who found Middle Earth'; he was Peter Jackson's main location scout. He also had a successful career in advertising photography - in 2000 he was credited with developing a technique to convert still frames to motion picture film, creating a dream-like effect in an ad for Jaguar with the car crisp and in-focus and the background motion blurred. That advertisement went on to win the prestigious Kodak AICP Award for Cinematography in New York, and the commercial took its place in the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art. When he died in 2014, Comer's death was reported all around the world and now his wife, Peta Carey, an award-winning TV producer/director, documentary maker and writer in her own right, is telling his story through letters, photos and personal recollections in a new book, A Place for the Heart: The Life and Work of Dave Comer. Queenstown-based Carey is also the secretary of the Hollyford Conservation Trust.