Ghosts in the Landscape — Grant Sheehan

Ghosts in the Landscape

Ghosts in the Landscape

Ghosts in the Landscape is a visual journey through New Zealand in search of aspects of the countryside that resonate in our national psyche.

These ‘ghosts’ take many forms, memorials of wars and events, in places/locations of disasters and the smaller things, like the old abandoned houses, discarded rusting cars of bygone eras, or the prolific red sheds scattered throughout the land.

Finally, there is the haunting power and grandeur of our diverse landscape; sometimes beautiful, in its quiet still moments, other times terrifying, in its stormy violent moods.

These markers of the past, waypoints in the swirling waters of history, help us navigate our way forward into the future and, at least in part, help shape us as a people and a nation.

In her review in the Listener, writer Sally Blundell summed up the book as showing “large sharp beautifully produced black and white images dripping with sublime romanticism of ruin: decayed farm buildings, abandoned houses, shipwrecks, mining relics, rusting cars, roadside crosses, all set beneath big skies, dramatic horizons and the misty profile of distant hills.”

New Zealand Herald reviewer Jim Eagles described the images as “a stunning exploration in black and white of the New Zealand countryside and the spirits haunting it.” He added that Sheehan's images “bring these ghosts to mind with extraordinary power.”


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Publishing Category Winner, Process Winner and Gold Award Winner


Judges comments:

“Very impressive effort of going the extra miles (more than just one) to accommodate
the client and push the boundaries to produce a stunning product.”



Hardback | 184 pages | Limited, signed and numbered edition of 1000


Price: $150.00

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