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Oteranga Bay

Derek Henderson, Oteranga, 2021. 

Giclee Print 


Available in 2 sizes 

Small: 500 x 400mm editions of 10 

Large: 1200mm x 960mm editions of 3

'Go for a walk', a photo series made on foot from Titahi Bay to Ōwhiro Bay. 

"I was nearly washed out to sea trying to get around a rocky outcrop, with no one to help me if I had fallen in. That scared me, but I felt alive.

There is a track that goes around the Wellington coast line from Titahi bay to Owhiro bay. It’s a difficult track to see at first, but if you look hard enough you can see it and after a while it becomes a lot easier. The further you get from either end of the track the less noticeable it becomes, but it’s there. Who comes to this remote part of the world anyway? I wonder who has walked here before me. Some people have made shelters along the way, some are permanent and others are just a few pieces of wood placed as somewhere to shield from the weather, or just to sit there and contemplate maybe. There are fire pits where people might have sat down and maybe eaten the food they caught straight from the sea. Hunter gatherers. I wonder what they were thinking and what they talked about while they sat around that fire.

I gave myself seven days. If you have a few spare days, go for a walk." 

~ Derek Henderson 

Aotearoa-New Zealand born Derek Henderson has spent the better part of the last twenty years in New York, London and Los Angeles before returning in 2007 to the Southern Hemisphere.

Henderson’s varied subject matter is united by an approach marked by a kind of democratic naturalism, where all phenomena is given equal attention. Although variously described as anti-heroic and anti-iconic, Henderson’s interest in the ‘ordinary’ can be deceptive and his narratives often reveal themselves to be more complex and unsteady than they first appear.



Derek Henderson