Sense of Place

'Sense of Place' was a documentary about the New Zealand photographer Robin Morrison, produced by John Bates in 1993.  The score was a collaboration between Tom Ludvigson and New Zealand jazz trumpeter Greg Johnson, performing with Steve Harrop on bass.

In 'Sense of Place' the renowned photographer Robin Morrison talks about his life and work and the things that influenced the way he saw New Zealand.  Part biography, part road movie, part slide show, this is a film that takes you into the work of one of New Zealand’s greatest artists to reveal the essence of his relationships with his subjects.  Robin Morrison’s unique vision of the people and the land brought a new way of looking at New Zealand.  His landscape went beyond the grandeur of mountains and lakes and into the homes of the people who have given character and shape to the country.  He made the commonplace seem extraordinary, he brought new meaning to the everyday things that make up the new Zealand experience.  Once you have seen his pictures you will never see things in quite the same way again.

The film was produced at the University of  Auckland Audio Visual Centre.  It was commissioned by television New Zealand for the Work of Art series, and funded by New Zealand On Air.  It was awarded 'Best Documentary' at the 1994 New Zealand Film and Television Awards, plus also received a Certificate of Merit at the 37th International Film Festival, San Fransisco.

Click on the links below to listen to some cues from the film:

Blues Blues    
Down By Hoki    
Red Light Vision    

The soundtrack from the film was first released on CD as 'Blues for Robin' by Ode Records (1993) CD MANU 1453, and later re-released by Pagan Records (2001) PACD1143(5347932):

BFR CD front
BFR CD inside