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About

About Me

My name is Al Ingham. This is my site.
I am a fulltime husband, a registered teacher, amateur photographer, web site hobbyist, repressed artist, and worshipper of Christ.

I grew up and still live in Lower Hutt, New Zealand. Since 6th Form I have known that my calling was to be a teacher, and so set about doing that. The first 3 years out of school I went to The Learning Connexion, Island Bay, to study Art. I focussed on Painting and Computer Graphics. At the end of my time there, I enrolled at Victoria University to study the BA/BTeach 4 year degree. I graduated in 2009, was relief teaching from 2010, and got my first full time job at the end of that year. I currently teach a bunch of 9 and 10 year olds in a small but vibrant school.

Photography & Music

In 2010, after becoming very annoyed and disconcerted with the “Art world”, which was celebrating mediocrity and the stupid with exorbitant price tags, as well as the general pomp and long nose viewpoint that goes with it, I decided to focus my creativity in two main areas of life.
One was to focus on my music and worship. I began worship leading at church, and I went about setting up a small home studio in one of the bedrooms downstairs.
The other was to get more into my photography. I had always had an interest in being a bit artistic with my photographer, and a point and shoot was doing a good job for a while. But I wanted to get a bit better, use some half decent gear to take the visual place of my artworks. Ever since I have been juggling the two, spending time writing songs, and other time heading out on photo trips to try and capture this beautiful country.

 

Other Interests

Other things that take my interest are computers, especially web design. I currently manage a few websites, and the majority of sites I have built are my own, but also have done a few for close friends. I am a regular Tweeter, and it’d be great if you wanted to follow me. I also own a Mini, which is my life long dream car to own and drive. It comes with it’s problems, but nothing that a few dollars and a few weekend tinkerings with my brother can’t fix. I have two cats, and enjoy their independence, but also their cuddles.

Family

In 2010 I married the love of my life. We had been together for 4 years and it was about time. It was actually a year for weddings, having gone to 6 of our friends weddings before embarking on our own. We got married in a small ceremony with just our immediate family, our pastors who married us, and a family friend who took our photos. We didn’t tell anyone (no one from church, work, extended family, friends!) prior to the ceremony and really enjoyed receiving all the “congratulation” texts on our honeymoon. By the end of that year, we were proud new homeowners, living next door to two friends I had met through Boys’ Brigade.

BB

Boys’ Brigade has been a big part of my life. I joined when I was 8, a Queens’ Man by the age of 18, Leader from 19, Company Section Head Officer at 23, and Company Captain at 25. In 2012, I stepped down from leadership in Boys’ Brigade.

 

Art

The Kea
This commissioned piece is for a family as they prepare to leave the Kindergarten that they have been heavily involved
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Arakura School – Drawing
After seeing a colleague’s masterful depiction of different ideas using the artist John Pule, I decided that this would be
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Son of Man
This painting was created for the Titahi Bay Community Church “Stations of the Cross” Art experience, Easter 2015. For the
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Eric Clapton
For a while now I have been wanting to do a portrait of my favourite guitarists to adorn the walls
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The Surrounds
This painting is technically unfinished. It was painted as ‘therapy’ for me as I struggled through some times in my
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Piwakawaka III
This artwork was painted as a gift to family friends who have offered us a huge amount of friendship and
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Piwakawaka II
Begun back in January as a personal project to deal with my depression, this project pulled me out of the
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Piwakawaka I
Begun back in January as a personal project to deal with my depression, this project pulled me out of the
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Days Bay
This is the final piece I finished before giving painting away in late 2009. I had become sick of the
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Burn; Holy Ground
This painting was completed after a series at church that looked at the place we are and the holiness of
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A Life Alive; The fire deep inside lightens the hills
Using oils and the JWM Turner style of palette knife application and wax medium to thicken up the paint. As
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Broken Together
Broken Together 2008 Enamel on Canvasboard 600mm x 280mm (each) Using sgraffito to create landscapes through a layer of black
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Darkness – Taipouri
Darkness – Taipouri 2008 Enamel on Canvasboard 670mm x 283mm This is my first in a series of using sgraffito
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Forgotten Memory
Forgotten Memory 2008 Enamel on Canvasboard 600mm x 280mm Using sgraffito to create landscapes through a layer of black enamel
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Restricted Freedom and Grace
Restrcited Freedom and Grace 2008 Enamel on Board 215mm x 1060mm (each) Another spray painting using stencils, including my first
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Mercy and Grace
Mercy and Grace 2008 Enamel on Board 215mm x 1060mm (each) Using spray paint and stencils, this artwork diptych looks
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Photography

Photography

Every now and then I capture a piece of life from a place I have been and the people I have met. More often than not, my photography explores place and location rather than the people that inhabit it. It serves as a captured memory. Some photos I use to get inspiration for my artworks, but most of them are beginning to hold their own place in my personal gallery.

My tool of choice at the moment is my Canon EOS 7D DSLR, with my main lens being the Canon EFS 17-85mm 1:4-5.6 IS USM. It’s most definitely the best camera I have ever owned, and I expect it will be with me for quite a while.
In the past I have owned a Canon EOS 350D, and a Canon EOS 550D, both with the 18-55mm kit lens.

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Design

Web Design

I have been designing websites since about 2005. I began design using Macromedia Flash, but soon realised that it was going to be better to improve my designs by using PHP, CSS, and jQuery. I am continually looking for new ideas and new themes that are trending in website design.The majority have been for my own personal domain, but there have been a few I have made for friends and family.In the last few years I have moved from building my sites from scratch to using WordPress and other CMS's. This has allowed me to work on theme and graphic design, whilst keeping the content available for independent mangers to look after and update. I am not currently taking on any new website design projects except for special circumstances. If you need to get in touch with me regarding website design, you can email me through the contact page.

Portfolio

Contact

 

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