Ko Te Mata te Maunga, Ko TukiTuki te awa, Ko Gareth McGhie Toku Ingoa.
I am an Artist and Carver from Wellington NZ although I am originally from Hawkes Bay, Te Whenua o Ngati Kahungunu.
I am the product of my ancestors and the sum of my life experiences so far.
Although my Tattoo work does not define me, it illustrates that ancestry and those experiences.
It is my responsibility in life to make good use of the gifts I have been given and to try as best I can to pass those on to others.
I met stunning Courtney on my recent visit to Wellington for the 2019 NZ Art Show. We finished the studio shoot around midnight and temperature was around 5 degrees. 20 minutes later we arrived to this awesome location prepared for us by the local gang. The wind was blowing around 40 kmph as Courtney was exposed to gusts blowing from the sea. I prepared the lights slightly shivering as Courtney stepped into the scene. I took seven photos, this was the first one before her hair blew away completely! This is what her sister wrote: “They say you should never judge a book by its cover, but you can see by the numerous tattoos, Courtney has a lot of tales to tell. A farm girl by day, Courtney is dedicated to yoga and self growth at night. A proud mother to 12 year old Vinnie [giving birth when she was only 15…], Courtney is the sixth child of seven and is very family orientated. Despite being from a big [Catholic] family, Courtney refuses to simply blend in, taking time to pursue her hobbies, one of which is modeling. She is fearless when it comes to appreciating her body despite any perceived flaws and is strong in her authenticity. She knows who she is and she owns it. She also loves her fur babies, the labyrinth and phantom of the opera. Like her star sign Taurus suggested, Courtney is strong as a bull and very loyal to her tight knit and life long friends.” This is the censored version…
Austrian photographer Emil Bilinski lives and creates between Warsaw, Berlin and Vienna. His work is internationally recognised throughout Europe and Australia. A member of the Ilford masters, the Coloratti Pro and the Rotolight masters of light. His professional path started at the side of Andreas Bitesnich. Throughout 20 years of his career, Bilinski has collaborated with remarkable artists, including Anne Leibovitz, Peter Lindbergh and David La Chapelle. His editorial work featured in renowned publications, such as Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Matador, Diva, Women, Playboy, Schön, Sunday Times Perth and others. He is frequently a jury member at the tv modelling competition shows such as Top Model (Austria and Poland) and Supermodel. Emil Bilinski specialises in beauty, fashion and commercial photography. He created signature campaigns for L’oreal, Carlo Rossi, Timotei, Wella, Sebastian Professional, Samsung and Braun among many others. His photographs have continued to contribute to the Schwarzkopf Austrian hairdressing award for the last 11 years. His imagery inspires with subtlety of aesthetics, timeless vision, remarkable perception of reality and meticulous approach to the construction of light.
Check out these edgy portraits of Giselle at Wow Photography studio!