Born 1954 Whanganui, Aotearoa New Zealand
Lives and works in
Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand
A practising photographer since the 1970s, Anne Noble creates bodies of work through what she refers to as ‘essays’ or ‘narratives’ of photographic images. Working against the usual idea of the rapid and instant snapshot, hers is an immersive act of looking, resulting in unexpected and thought-provoking work that gets inside her subject matter. Her wide-ranging subjects include a London convent, Antarctica, the coastal and river landscapes of New Zealand, elderly disabled people and their carers, and depictions of her father at his funeral. In recent years, she has turned her attention to the honeybee, a small creature symbolic of our ecosystem’s wellbeing. In her engagement with the bee, Noble has worked with a range of media, from moving image and microscopic photography, to installation, sound and community engagement. She has also become a proficient beekeeper.
Noble has created a multi-part project at the heart of which Conversatio: A cabinet of wonder is a functioning beehive or ‘living photograph’. Bees can be observed entering GOMA, before disappearing inside the cabinet and going about their normal activities; they are also visible when the cabinet is opened daily for 20 minutes at 11.45am, 12.45pm, 2.45pm and 3.45pm.