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TAGGS'S THOUGHTS ON TAKING PHOTOS:

"When you take a photograph you arrest a particular moment. That moment can never be repeated. If the photograph has worked according to your and the subject's expectations you feel amazement, excitement and joy.

From then on, it's fixed and held for as long as that print is around. This is the way photography defies the passing of time. But taking a photograph, a moment of a person's life, a moment of their appearance, also brings a great deal of responsibility. I can completely understand why some cultures feel so wary of the camera, thinking that it can 'steal the soul'. There are times when I have felt so moved through a session that I can hardly see through the tears. An awareness comes that the person being photographed is truly and deeply special - perhaps someone very old and you can sense their passing. I felt like this kneeling beside Dame Whina Cooper in her last months. One becomes aware that the time and the opportunity are sacred and that you are deeply privileged to be present."

> This quote by Sally Tagg is taken from "On Top Down Under", HarperCollins Publishers, 1998. Text copyright Witi Ihimaera 1998.