Jake Mein ( born in Ngaio, Wellington 1988) is a photographer based in New Zealand. He gained his Bdes Hons Majoring in photography from Massey University in 2011. His work explores a sense of belonging, home, and the deterioration of those familiar places. His recent work has looked at his hometown of Christchurch following the 2011 earthquake, which destroyed the city. Jake’s work has been exhibited locally as well as shows in London & Australia. His project Six for Gold was published by independent publisher Bad News Books.
“Six for Gold was photographed between 2008-2017 comprising nearly a decade practice. Six for Gold acts as a visual poem, wandering from anonymous cityscapes to people caught in the moment between one action and another. Some photographic essays are tightly structured around a single subject, stories are unfolded in a recognizable narrative. In Six for Gold there are three or four genres of photography combined together to draw less certain conclusions, or perhaps there are no conclusions, only a series of questions. These are photographs of people in motion, captured moments of beings who seem to be still only for a second. There is a depth of feeling that the current moment is not being taken for granted, but at the same time that the following moment will be even better. They are hopeful and optimistic, yet still grounded in reality. The camera is used as a tool to destabilize familiar scenes and to explore notions of home or belonging in an increasingly transitory world. It is centered largely around place, both at home in Aotearoa and abroad. Where is home for a young person in today’s world? We are told we live in a global community but here at the bottom of the world, we understand that we are physical beings and physical distance matters.” – Caroline McQuarrie