Aoraki Mackenzie Starlight Festival

The Hermitage and Hillary Alpine Centre, Mt Cook, Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, New Zealand

A lecture and video presentation by Mark Gee

Mark Gee, Wellington astro-photographer
Mark Gee

Astrophotography - A Personal Journey

Venue: Callesen Planetarium and Theatre, the Hermitage

Time: Sunday 15 October 10.00 – 11.00 am

Tickets: $10

Photography has been a part of most of my life, but over the past 9 years astrophotography in particular has captured my imagination and interest. I often venture out to the darkest, most remote skies all around the world, enjoying the challenge of combining striking landscapes with the ethereal beauty of the night sky in new, creative ways.

In 2013 I shot a short film called ‘Full Moon Silhouettes‘, a labour of love, which went viral and inadvertently launched my international astrophotography career. It’s been one hell of a crazy ride, and during this session I will share with you my personal journey with a selection of time-lapse video and photographs and share the stories behind them.

Mark Gee is an award winning photographer, time-lapse filmmaker & digital visual effects supervisor based in Wellington, New Zealand.

Wholly self-taught, Mark ventures out to the darkest, most remote locations all around the country, enjoying the challenge of combining New Zealand’s striking landscapes with the ethereal beauty of the night sky in new, creative ways.

His short film, ‘Full Moon Silhouettes‘ gained him international acclaim after going viral online, and in 2013, Mark won the prestigious Astronomy Photographer of the Year. Not only did he win it overall, but Mark also won the Earth and Space category, and the People and Space category which had never been done before in the competition's history.

Since then, Mark has gone onto to sharing his passion and knowledge through workshops and on the public speaking circuit. One of the highlights of that was his well received TEDx talk in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2014.

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