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Al Ingham

Creator.

Designer.

Maker.

Art. Drawing. Photography. Computer Graphics. Graphic Design. Web Design. Music. Recording. Guitar Building. Woodworking. Teaching. Learning.

Art

I spent three years at The Learning Connexion developing my natural ability in painting and graphics design. My main influences include Colin McCahon, Ralph Hotere and J.M.W. Turner.

Web Design

Having grown up around computers, it was only a matter of time before I used it creatively. I began designing websites, computer graphics, logos, and much more.

Photography

I began to seriously look into using photography as a means to express my visual creativity. I started shooting landscapes and quickly found my passion for monochromatic images.

Music & Guitar

I use guitar and have been using it to songwrite, and lead worship in a variety of local churches. I set up a small home recording studio in 2010. I also began building electric guitars in 2015.

Teaching

My calling in life has been to be a teacher. I trained at Victoria University, studying the BA/BTeach. I have been teaching full time in Primary Schools since 2009.

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

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.

Visit my 500px Gallery page

Worship

I am a worship leader. I play guitar, both electric and acoustic depending on the team, and enjoy using both for their different purposes. These are my own thoughts and feelings about my experiences of working in different worship teams for the last 15 years. I have only been worship leading since 2010, but through many observations and experiences, I am able to use this to assist me. I am also extremely lucky to have a God who loves, and sees past my failings. I have also have some of my blog posts included on WorshipMinistry.com.
Also in this blog are articles regarding music, which relates to my small home recording studio, ‘Haven Grove Studio‘, and will include different aspects of recording in my short and limited experience.

Teaching

Teaching has been a life long passion of mine. I am a Primary school teacher, and have been teaching full time since 2009. I enjoy teaching Numeracy, Daily5, and integrating ICT into as many avenues as possible. My philosophy on teaching is to engage, inspire, and unleash my students.
I have also written some of my ideas down into articles, which I encourage you to read.

Unleash Education

Unleash Education is my teaching based website for all my articles and things. If you like to read about education, then head along to the website.
Unleash Education

Art

This is a collection of my work over the last few years. I am a Lower Hutt painter working out of home. My online gallery is currently the only exhibition I have due to my other commitments taking up time. I take a lot of influence from the land and the landscape. I also work with words and combined meanings of words. I have been heavily influenced by the likes of JMW Turner, Colin McCahon and Ralph Hotere. If you would like to purchase a piece, please feel free to contact me. Likewise if you would like me to paint a commission, arrangements can be made.
History

I am a full-time husband, a registered teacher, amateur photographer, enthusiastic luthier, 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 and began relief teaching. I 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 in Wainuiomata.

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.

In 2015 I began dabbling with the art of guitar making, learning a lot off Youtube. The hobby grew, and I now own several large power tools, a new shed at the back of the property, and several additions to my guitar collection.

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 (including my brother's) 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. We are also proud Auntie and Uncle to numerous offspring from our siblings.

Boys' Brigade

Boys' Brigade has been a big part of my life. I joined when I was 8 at 18th Wellington, transferring to 10th Wellington at 12. I was 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 for personal reasons, mostly because of enthusiasm and other time commitments. With it, 10th Wellington Company also closed.

Mental Health

In 2012, I knew there was a problem.
I couldn't focus like I used to. I lost all sense of time. I couldn't order things into priorities. I couldn't see past one thing at a time. And as a Teacher, this limited my abilities in my workplace incredibly. Several things had occurred and affected me throughout that year, and I was dealing with guilt and loss.
By December I was almost flat on the floor. I struggled through the last few weeks of school, and stumbled through the door of my GP, searching for help.

In some sense, I was lucky. Lucky to have a doctor who has at least interested, and could prescribe the right medication. Lucky to have been taken there by my wife. Lucky to have gone when I did.

In another sense, I have the worst combination of illnesses you could put on a person's mind; one I wouldn't wish on my worst enemies. Anxiety and Depression. All balled up into one.

Since then, I have been slowly improving. The dark patches have come and gone, and the time in between gets longer each time. I'm a fighter, though there have been many times when I've felt like giving up. In this time, I have been an advocate for those with mental health issues, and my understanding of these kinds of issues have gone through the roof. 

You can read about my experience here.

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