Ageing with Attitude: Jason Hamon photographic artist


ARTbop’s Rotorua Correspondent, Miriam Ruberl, shares with us a creative photography exhibition by Rotorua-based multi-disciplinary artist, Jason Hamon.

Miriam is herself an artist with an extensive personal and tutoring arts practice. As a member of the mature demographic Miriam has participated in Council facilitated groups referencing issues of aging and urbanisation. Miriam is also a keen photographer with her personal facebook page disclosing through image and photography her on-going outstandingly busy and physically active life and lifestyle. In this article we feature some of the images from the exhibition.  There are also a number of images and personal histories included in actual exhibition: a combination of text and image.

Photographic artist Jason Hamon

Photographic artist Jason Hamon

Jason’s artist’s statement displayed with his photographic exhibition says:

Rotorua Based

European: (French,English ,Croatian)

Maori. Iwi: Ngati-Porou-ariki

Hello my name’s Jason, I am the Image (vision), mind (strategy) and love (process) behind ImageMindLove photography.

I’m a multi-disciplinary artist with a range of creative outlets like drawing, painting and singer song writer. After returning from living in the U.K for 2 years, achieving Diploma in Art and Design was the logical step towards progressing my risky Artist career. My diploma was completed in 2015 at Waiariki Institute of Technology (now renamed Toi Ohomai).

I was keen to learn and grow in the art of photography. I have an open and approachable personality which is necessary for good portrait photography (my specialty).

 As the photographer if I want to capture real authenticity from the model they need to feel comfortable while I’m looking at them behind the camera.

When I made the decision to commit my will to learn more about the beautiful art form of photography. I now see my surroundings with fresh eyes; another perspective on the world has awakened within me. I find myself wanting to explore unseen territory, search high and low for different photo angles, converse with more and different people, wanting to capture that perfect moment every time I pushed the shutter button.17-dsc0456213-dsc0455710-dsc0455406-dsc04550


Photo0717Miriam Ruberl is a mixed media, experimental artist currently living in Rotorua. She likes working with every day materials such as locally harvested red ochre, calico, waxes of various sorts, combining them in ways that surprise and remind people of days gone by. Her focus is on making increasingly authentic, personally generated nature-inspired art, to the neglect of illustrative, representational and derivative or “second-hand” art.

Miriam has exhibited extensively throughout the North Island, leads workshops from time to time, and is active in a variety of local activities. The red ochre series Kokowai / Takau : Seeds of Creation was exhibited in the Lakes Council Chamber Galleria. This space, while public, is neither your usual type of gallery nor a temporary space, and lends itself to her philosophy that modern-day artists can back and support their own efforts without relying purely on commercial or vanity galleries to get seen.

“There are a number of immensely talented, independent, full-time artists in various mediums in the area, which provides me with a rich social and artistic life, as well as the inspirational environment of forests, lakes, and geothermal activity”, says Miriam. .

Miriam Ruberl

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Rotorua brings you art across the ages

Rotorua brings you art across the ages

Interested in Rotorua? Make sure you read some of the varied and interesting articles we have archived in all the menu categories of ARTbop including the recent article contributed by ARTbop book reviewer Marcus Hobson on the Rembrandt Remastered exhibition noted below.  It’s in Reviews in Been & Seen!

What’s On @ Rotorua Museum

ROTORUA UkeBox 20th November 2016 at 3pm Rotorua’s own Thermeles give a short uke performance and then there’s a community uke and sing a long. Entry is free but a gold coin donation is asked to cover UkeBox admin costs.

More information


to 27th November 2016 Dutch migrant Bakkenes was part of the post war European migration to New Zealand and a thriving New Zealand arts community.

the face of the master

the face of the master


to 20th November 2016 57 digitally remastered images of the work of Dutch Master Rembrandt Van Rijn


to 20th November 2016 Recent acquisitions to Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa Collection

Rotorua Museum is open daily, 9am to 6pm (Dec – March) or 9am to 5pm (April – Nov), except Christmas Day. Admission is free for Rotorua residents with proof of residency. Adults $20, Seniors (65yrs+) $18, Children (5-15yrs) $8.

For further information please visit or contact Holly Watene Ph 07 351 8290, Email

Bay of Plenty GARDEN & ART Festival, 17th – 20th November 2016 the tenth Biennial Garden & Art Festival showcasing Katikati, Tauranga, Mt Maunganui and Te Puke. A new festival format – a four day festival. Garden trails open from Thursday through to Sunday with one or four day ticket options. The Festival Hub at the Lakes with displays, exhibitions, creative concept spaces and so much more check out


Downtown Tauranga’s outdoor art market November 13th and 27th

Interested in participating you can get information from

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