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The old man
The old man wears Ta Moko Kanohi - full face tattoo. He is no particular person - Minson was looking at Goldie and Lindauer portraits, and dozens of old black and white 20th century photos of Maori. There's a sense of re-creating a centuries-old romanticism and depth, which is a welcomed change in this modern, digital, face-paced world.
Spirit of the forest
His wairua is part of the forest. The artist thinks of him as Tane, god of the forest, son of Ranginui Sky Father and Paptuanuku Earth Mother. Long ago he separated his parents' tight embrace to allow Te Ao Marama, a world of space and light to enter, and trees and birds and every living thing including mankind, to flourish.
His mother is kept close in the form of the carved taonga he holds, and Ranginui can be felt in the mist caressing the earth.
Maori natural lore
"The forest is a living thing just as I breathe and live.
Every leaf, every tree, every, insect, every bird, feels and knows this.
When I enter its domain, I know I enter the House Of Tāne.
My ancestor who created us all and each one of us.
A face of Io-of-the-Many-Faces."