Blur Eyecare — Behind the Scenes

by | Aug 10, 2017 | Photo Essays

Blur Eyecare take us behind the scenes on one of their photoshoots, the products of which are gracing every issue’s back page. Keep an eye out for more images on the backs of buses and billboards all over town.


Stuart Laing and Haidee Mannix, owners of Blur Eyecare: “We are always looking for creatives who fit with our brand; we have worked with the photographer Shawn Rolton for a while, he is exceptionally talented. Paul is a man after my own heart; he works in our field of medics (he’s a GP), and spends hours producing an extremely high quality product with the best materials. He’s fascinated by workmanship.”

Paul Alsop talks about wet plate photography: “Wet plate collodion photography was invented in 1851, and is one of the oldest forms of photography. Far from the safe haven of digital photography, the process is ‘wet’ and an image has to be made within approximately fifteen minutes in a darkroom before the mixture dries out.

Using silver and light, with a side serving of alchemy, I make an archival unique image. In a world of image overload, the wet plate process slows you down, releases you from the constraints of control and keeps you mindful of the physical object that is ‘the photograph’.

Modern day use of the wet plate process doesn’t have to be all funny hats and period specific dresses, I use my technical skill combined with an artistic eye to capture souls on glass or metal for eternity.”


THE SUBJECTS As with much of Blur’s advertising, their models are team Blur; Haidee, Stuart, Devon and Natasja.

Blur Eyecare Tauranga
46 Spring Street
Tauranga 3110
+64 7 578 1513

Blur Eyecare Mt Maunganui
Shop 1a
169 Maunganui Road,
Mt Maunganui 3116
+64 7 281 1447

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