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‘Capturing Time, an Exhibition of Photographs by John Mercer’

Location: Hamilton, New Zealand
Date: March, 2023


We are honoured to present ‘Capturing Time, an Exhibition of Photographs by John Mercer’ in the HANRAD Gallery. John’s artistic approach to nature and his discovery of the unnoticed ephemera of the natural and human world are inspiring. We fell in love with his works from the moment we saw them and can’t wait to share them with you. There are so many stories behind his works about the places and his memories.

This work brings together a long time focus on the story of place. Discovering the unnoticed ephemera of the natural and human world; air, water, tide and the effect of these on land. Their uniqueness is compelling to me.

Capturing time….

….the momentary movement in tidal zones, rivers, streams, the play of water on nature’s elements

….the timeworn, the weather affected aspects of land and rock forms

These micro-scapes and landscapes record interactions between humans – their impression – together with the effects of the natural elements on earth and built forms while reaching for and bringing forth the sublime.


Photographer, technician, University of Waikato, Hamilton, NZ 1980-82

Photographer, Candid Camera, Hamilton, NZ 1982-84

Freelance Photojournalist and Principal, Cameraworks Photography, Hamilton, NZ 1980–86

Director, The Photographers’ Workshop, Hamilton, NZ 1983-1986

Teacher, Photography, Adelaide, South Australia 1986-1989


Finalist, Heysen Prize for Landscape, Adelaide South Australia, 2016

Winner, Ege Carpets Denmark, Rug Design Competition, Adelaide South Australia, 2017


Auckland Museum, Springbok Tour 1981 Photographs, Auckland and Hamilton, 2016

Waikato Museum, 1981 Springbok Tour photographs, 1987

Private, Various, South Australia and NZ, 1989-


Group Exhibition, The Photographers’ Workshop, 1981 ‘Life and Lessons’

Waikato Museum, ‘25 years on from the Springbok Rugby Tour’, 2006

The Framing Workshop, Hamilton, ‘John Mercer, Photographer’, 2018

Waikato Museum, ‘1981’ – Springbok Rugby Tour photographs, June 2021

Online Exhibition; Auckland Museum, ‘A Walk Around the Park’, photos from the 1981 Springbok Rugby Tour of New Zealand, 2021

Google Arts and Culture, John Mercer, Photojournalist, 2022

HANRAD Gallery, Hamilton, ‘Capturing Time’, 2023