We took measured consideration about what art we would put on our South Island Beech walls at Whitebait. We wanted art that reflected our philosophies about sustainability, the natural landscape and being “quintessentially New Zealand”.
Working with Rob Suisted, one of New Zealand’s premier wildlife and scenic photographers has been a wonderful experience. Rob took these images to bring the coastline of the Wellington region, and our Whitebait (inanga) to the walls of our restaurant. We think this perfectly enhances the natural waterfront views from the windows of Whitebait. Now, where ever you look there is the feeling of natural beauty, the power of the coastline and our beautiful environment.
About the Artist:
Rob Suisted is a passionate Kiwi, and a lover of wild places and wildlife. He had a career in conservation and marine mammal management before following his love of exploration and photography. He’s done over 20 trips to Antarctica and the Arctic, fished for Piranhas, ridden vintage motorbikes in India, but cherishes time in wilderness Fiordland, NZ. He already has 17 books to his name (including the NZ book award winning ‘Molesworth’, and the official Country Calendar 50th anniversary book), has images on all NZ’s bank notes, over 30 NZ postage stamps, produces many calendars each year, and his work is used around the world in books & magazines.
Rob regularly photographs for NZ Geographic Magazine & Tourism New Zealand, and you’ll see his photo murals greeting people in our airports. His huge image collection can be seen at www.naturespic.co.nz. When not filming, he’s likely to be found on his 20 acre block of land and native forest near Wellington.
BROODING COOK STRAIT SUNSET
Looking across Cook Strait towards the Marlborough Sounds and The Brothers Islands, the skies are brooding under a building storm. It gives a sense of calm, but impending turmoil. Taken 6kms from here.
LAKE ONOKE WHITEBAITING.
Locals fishing for whitebait at dusk at Lake Onoke (Ferry) , only 25kms away from here, beyond the Rimutaka Ranges, it speaks of seasonal food harvest, ties into the restaurant name, and the beautiful warm colours of the timber walls here.
COOK STRAIT ORANGE CLOUD
Our local waters on a benign late summer evening, in contrast to Cook Strait in full winter fury image. A quiet calming image in sympathy to the warm colours of the space, taken only 25km away as the crow flies from the restaurant.
COOK STRAIT FURY
Dramatic southerly storm pounding Wellington’s South Coast at Karori Rock, whose light has stood steadfast since 1915. The image was chosen to bring drama into the space, contrasting the warmth of the restaurant, with the reality of our winter weather where much of our seafood is gathered. 12kms from the restaurant.
TITAHI BAY ROCK POOLS
Titahi Bay rock pools at dusk, a place locals go to gather kaimoana, and connect with our coast. The soft tones and texture tie into textures and colours of the restaurant hallway and create a beacon to draw the inquiring mind further. Taken 22kms away.
WELLINGTON SOUTH COAST MORNING
Wellington’s wild backyard, where we go to connect with the sea – to harvest, to explore, or to soak up nature’s energy. A key frame designed to create a restful, yet powerful, image to anchor restaurant visitors to the natural environment from which their meal has been harvested. 7kms away from here.