JOS Wheeler - DoP / Artist by JoFF Rae





Jos Wheeler works as a Director of Photography and has shot music videos, TV commercials , Films and Documentaries for the past 20 years. His work has led to travelling regually both locally and internationally, and with acamera close at hand and a unique sensitivity and respect he has often been invited in to photograph people and environments that require a trust factor just to be there, as with his B&W images from Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Mercato, Addis Ababa, Eithiopia, or the now infamous series ‘Te Mana Motuhake O Tuhoe’ from Te Urewera. 

Having grown up on Aucklands west coast Jos has a strong connection with the New Zealand landscape anda appreciation for the beauty and rawness of his environment, once again bringing his unique attention to detail, using strong compositions with a subtle timing of light to capture a mood and emotion, recording more than a time and place but often history of our ever changing landscape.

In the last few years it has been his images from Anti Asset Sales, Deep Sea Oil Drilling, GCSB, TPPA and other protests and marches that have gained much attentionleading to his exhibition ‘Voicing Dissent’ at Lopdell House Gallery in 2014.  Wheeler continues a powerful tradition of empathetic images by the likes of John Miller, Gil Hanly, Ans Westra and Robin Morrison.

    Director of Photography
    Ahu Productions
    PO BOX 68517
    Auckland 1145
    Aotearoa / New Zealand
    M +64 274 379961

Toothfish Street Poster Art (2015) by JoFF Rae

A short clip of Plant City eco-warrior, Toothfish, fighting the paper war against big money-fascism in America, England and New Zealand between 2012 and 2015. New Zealand Prime-Minister, John Key, comes in for some special treatment. Thanks to Shayne Carter and Dimmer for the song - Powerchord (from the album "I Believe you are a Star' on Sony Records - 2001).

review - James Cabaret: sold out gigs & a new era of events... by JoFF Rae

The James Cabaret reopened it's doors 30th March 2013 - closing the doors on 31st March 2015 after exactly 2 years of the best gigs Wellington has experienced in some time...

An experiment in an event & venue model the venture demonstrated that Wellington City was capable of sustaining a venue - in fact needs a venue of the calibre & size.  The New Zealand Festival of the arts made the James Cabaret its home for the contemporary music program & several prominent promoters based tours of international acts around the ease & quality of production provided.  The venue quickly became renown for it's high level of production values (international standard & the largest house system in New Zealand) & sold out shows!  Nominated Venue of the Year the James Cabaret ended on an high note!

So why close the doors?  Our source tells us it was 3 issues:

  1. THE LANDLORDS... a committee with the reputation of being difficult to work with (a statement from a past tenant was "they're a pack of arseholes") having driven the doors closed on every other proprietor over the years.  The lease holder from the 90's when the James Cabaret earned it's reputation as a concert venue is not surprised that the Landlord was "impossible to work with - again".
  2. LICENSE ISSUES - sound & crowd issues from disgruntled neighbours with some complaints from a new neighbour (they provided photographs of rubbish including cans of beer - a brand not sold at the James Cabaret).  Sound was an ongoing issue.  "The issues are like mice... " our source says, "when you have one there's going to be more."
  3. END ON A HIGH NOTE!  The source says "we didn't want to end on a low or be forced out by the Council so we took an option provided by the Landlords with their unreasonable demands & walked" he says with no malice, "we felt better about leaving the building with a reputation of producing the best concert events in Wellington!"

The features of the 2 years?

  1. Neneh Cherry.  An icon & the best lady!  Amazing yet simple performance & show (especially the request for no front light until the very end leaving dramatic silhouettes through the performance).
  2. NAS.  EPIC event by Robin Fernando - an amazing effort!  HUGE!
  3. New Zealand Festival Of The Arts.  Best performance from Charles Bradley & Brel: The Words & Music of Jacques Brel featuring Jon Toogood - great to have him in the home of Shihad.
  4. School Boy Q... & the encore!  So huge they had to come back & another epic event from Robin Fernando!
  5. Sticky Fingers.  What an awesome show!  Wellington will wait a while to top this one that was held at 10 days notice & sold out!  Thanks to Rhythm Group!
  6. Run The Jewels, Danny Brown & Earl Sweatshirt.  Probably the closest we will get to Odd Future - let's hope Robin Fernando work that one out!
  7. Aloe Blacc - all style & a great band!
  8. 6 local/domestic acts feature: Brownhill - "resident band"; Devilskin - awesome band & a great bunch to host; Tunes Of I - on their way up & best support; Shapeshifter & Upbeats - a great duo; Phoenix Foundation at their best are the best local; Katchafire - every time!
  9. The better promoters - Robin Fernando, Rhythm Group, 40 Days, Plus1, Mystery Girl & the others who kept bringing great acts; Brotha D for taking the  first risk & bringing the first act to the reopening.
  10. THE AUDIENCE!  The promoters & the venue pay big respect to the people who came to the shows!

& What now?

Watch this space - more to follow...

L’artiste maori Georges Nuku présente son exposition « Bottled Ocean 2115 » à Rouen by JoFF Rae

L’artiste maori Georges Nuku présente son exposition « Bottled Ocean 2115 » à Rouen

Exhibition. The Maori artist George Nuku exhibits at the Natural History Museum until January 2016.

Georges Nuku, derrière l’une de ses créations : « En tant qu’artiste, je crois que nous pouvons diriger notre futur »

Saturday, April 25 2015 to 31 January 2016, the Maori artist George Nuku present, the natural history museum, its exposure Bottled Ocean 2115, just arrived from the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei.Pirogue particular composed of plastic bottles, shark and atolls Plexiglas ... transparency and floating in an ocean-blue painted room, floor to ceiling. The opportunity to reflect on our environment.

Can you tell us about your work Plexiglas which you are one of the few specialists ?

George Nuku "It is the evolution of twenty years of work in my art. I can say that I am the creator of this Maori art. I worked for many major museums in the world: the British Museum, the National Museum of Scotland, the MAS Museum in Antwerp, the Museum of Anthropology Vancouver ... Usually, an artist reaches a different concept after receiving influences and this time, the artist must capture. "

What led you to create this exhibition ?

"My trip 20 years and, believe it if you want, I saw the movie Waterworld Kevin Costner. I also had long conversations with Sebastien Minchin, director of the museum. An idea dear to my heart, that of adaptation and mutation of life. It is truly a reality. Personally, my genealogy changed when my mother, Maori, married a white man. I am an example of how Maori culture must adapt to the new changes. We are in a dance of change and change is leading us. "

What would you communicate ?

"I want to express that life changes, try to understand the relationship to plastic. Researchers say that in the oceans, plastic grain can be attached to each grain of sand. They say that plastic is the devil. But he did not come alone in the ocean ... Being Maori allows me to be in communication with the deities of all, and especially with the plastic divinity. I see two elements of light and water, two sources of life. I want to show a possible scenario of the future. "

Your presence in Rouen will she held meetings with the school or students ?

"This is the beginning of a series of interventions with rouennaises classes until January 2016. I try to create a moment of beautiful expression, so beautiful that it can reach the heart of the public. As an artist, I believe that we can direct our future. "


Exhibition " Bottled Ocean 2115 "Visible from Saturday 25 April 31 January 2016. Natural History Museum, 198 rue Beauvoisine. More information on

Nelio vs Passmore collaboration @ TH'ink+ART by JoFF Rae

"LAOU / Collective Residency"

The name “Laou” comes from the book “Papalagi,” written by Eric Scheurmann in the 1920's. It refers to an alleged text written by Tuiavii, a Samoan chief, regarding the concept that there is no individual ownership within their culture, and words such as “mine” and “yours” do not exist. Using this as a reference point, Nelio (FR) & Duncan Passmore (UK) will be presenting an exhibition of collaborative works created as part of a residency program held in Lyall Bay at the TH'ink Studio, during March 2015.

Nelio and Passmore have collaborated on murals and studio works for about 6 years, with the first official collaborative residency beginning last summer in Lyon, France.  For the LAOU project there has also been contribution from Ed Bats and Jon Drypnz.



With the support of "Urban Dream Brokerage"


More infos about the artists:
Ed Bats:
Duncan Passmore: