Roger Hayman would love to connect the man whose hands he photographed in a Johnsonville bus stop in December 2021. This evocative photograph has just won him both the Open Award and the First Time Entry Award in the ninth Friends of Pātaka Art Awards
“I saw a man with the rings waiting at a bus stop and he allowed me to photograph his hands,” says Roger. “He held his hands up for a shot but I asked him to put them back on his lap. I took this shot as the bus pulled in. I gave him my card and invited him to contact me so I could give him a print but he has not been in touch.”
Roger has been taking photographs for 50 years, as a member of various camera clubs, putting images into their shows. He had his first exhibition in 2020 at Thistle Hall and has taken photography seriously since, now regarding himself as a fine-art photographer.
Roger is drawn to strong images and likes to do large prints, of a metre square and over. He has always been interested in medium format high resolution film and digital cameras which, with images at up to 150 megapixels, allow him to use techniques that bring out the detail of an image. In the case of his winning photograph, Roger used a macro lens about 30cm from the hands and rings, which captured the detail of the man’s skin. He does the processing himself, though not the printing.