/ 2022 / Fine Art / Still Life


  • Prize
    Bronze in Fine Art/Still Life
  • Photographer
    Jocelyn Janon
  • Website

Tinaku is a Te Reo Māori (Māori language) word that translates to "germinate" or "sprout" in English.

The series depicts sprouting kūmara (sweet potato,) which appear levitating, drawn towards the sun by their sprouts, with leaves flourishing in the light.

I see the sprouting kūmara as a metaphor for Aotearoa’s revitalisation of Te Reo Māori.

The mauri (life force) of the growing kūmara.
Kūmara, a way of seeing.
Photography,a way of showing.