"Give it a go, you never know. . ."
Aviagrafik is the work of Anthony Oliver and is primarily about scale model photography.
The shutterbug is just one aspect of a mixed media arts practice which has had an elliptical journey from the childhood influences of grandparents and seminal black and white war films, through an emerging adolescent interest in photography when a Zenith EM 35mm film camera was bought for ten quid in the 1975 New Years sale from Boots the Chemist.
Anthony's background is a varied canvas of vocational and technical - academic roles. Peripheral activities (you have to have a day job to pay for food and a roof right?) included technical illustration for commercial hobby magazines and resin manufacturers. Anthony moved away from the hobby in the mid 90s, disillusioned with a rising elitist focus and didn't return until the late 2000s.
During this time, the professional activity of photography and arts education focused on managing a University learning photography resource and tutoring in conventional and digital skills for an Arts Institute and Arts faculty in the UK.
A Masters Degree in Contemporary Fine Art spun the conventional aeroplane art away on a different trajectory, with contemporary solo and collaborative work exhibited in the UK and Europe.
Migrating permanently to Aotearoa New Zealand in 2010, Anthony worked as a photographer and warehouse manager for Sir Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh's Wingnut Films in Wellington. A chance visit to Hood aerodrome and the workshops of the Vintage Aviator sparked the dormant interest in flying machines once more!
For Anthony, model making and the photographing of models are mutually inclusive and a long term project to create a 'really useful' photography manual for model makers is nearing fruition. The project has weathered a changing environment of variable health, changing employment and home relocations and is now in the final stages of content creation and pre-press editing.
Current professional activity is focused on the creation, design and production of learning materials for a leading online distance learning provider in New Zealand.
Anthony lives by the sea in Wellington with his wife and youngest daughter.