Celebrating five years of local music photography exhibition FromThePit, an exceptional collection of iconic contemporary live snaps was chosen to be on digital display across publicly accessible screens of Aotearoa in May 2023, including a placement in the Parliament visitor centre at the Beehive. This is Tāmaki Makaurau photographer Shelley Te Haara who submitted a photo of metalcore legends Antagonist AD.
Kia Ora! My name is Shelley Te Haara. I am from a small town in the Far North called Ohaeawai but I am currently based in Tamaki Makaurau. I got in to photography by the encouragement of others honestly. Live shows are my favourite thing in the world and I used to take a basic point-and-shoot camera to shows. After a creative endeavour didn’t work out, friends encouraged me to try gig photography as they said “I had an eye” etc. So I bought a Canon 750D (which I still have & use) and began shooting. It has now become a passion and career which I enjoy!
To me, it is always about capturing emotion, feeling and energy. If my photos of can show the viewer all of that or make them relive those feelings from the show or that moment, I have done my job.
Ohhhhh, there are quite a few artists I have documented more than once. I will miss documenting Dead Beat Boys, they were a fun time. I also love my hardcore and metal bands because that’s just chaotic mosh pit fun. Otherwise, if I chose an artist specifically, I would say Diggy Dupé. I have documented him for some years now and I feel the shows are always different but the community and energy in his shows (and music obviously) are just really something to experience.