Thirty years worth of negatives, contacts and ditigal images were looked through as photographer Fiona Pardington worked on an exhibition and book about her life's work.
Fiona, who is of Māori and Scottish descent and holds a Doctorate in Fine Arts from the University of Auckland, has brought us new ways to look at the female body, taonga and museum exhibits tucked away in vaults around the world.
Her ambitious photography projects require both skill and diplomacy. Museums don't let just anyone into their storage areas, where she has photographed hei tiki, death masks and foetal skeletons among other things long forgotten.
Her large format photography has been on show here and internationally in galleries and museums and at biennales. Wellington is about to see her 30 year retrospective - A beautiful hesitation, at City Gallery
Fiona talks to Lynn Freeman about the exhibition.