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Visual Editorial

Waking Up in New Zealand — Louisiana Mei Gelpi & Nic Shields

Moral of the story: when in New Zealand, bring your film cameras.
Waking Up in New Zealand —  Louisiana Mei Gelpi & Nic Shields

by SAND Magazine

November 26, 2017

Cover Photo: Louisiana Mei Gelpi 
Destination: New Zealand
Originally published in Issue 02
Current editorial features some unpublished shots & text


Can you describe an ordinary yet beautiful encounter during your time in New Zealand? 

Nic Shields: We drove around the south island in a camper van. This might come across as a cliché but every moment was beautiful — from driving down the road to waking up on the beach. The south island has to be one of the most picturesque places on earth… It’s the definition of ‘simply beautiful’ yet there’s nothing simple or ordinary about it.

Photo: Nic Shields

Ana Mei: Waking up on the beach and seeing a full double rainbow was beautiful. The temperature was perfect, the air was fresh and it was just early enough — it was beyond magical. Another moment would be seeing the Milky Way every night. Growing up in Singapore and living in New York City, there aren’t many opportunities to see as many stars. As cheesy as it sounds, it made me feel very thankful and also made me realise how small I was in comparison to the rest of the universe. 

Photo: Louisiana Mei Gelpi

When did you decide that it was important to document your travels & life through photography?

Nic Shields: Well… How can you not document your journey in New Zealand? The whole country is a giant postcard in the making. It was an easy decision to make and was one of the main points of going, to be brutally honest. I think we planned which cameras we would bring before we even planned on which places we were going to visit.

Photo: Louisiana Mei Gelpi

Ana Mei: I've been taking pictures since secondary school but I only started documenting my life more frequently and seriously ever since looking back on my life and wishing I had more pictures from the past. I'm a very sentimental person so it feels very natural to document everything I do and all the people I love. 

Photo: Nic Shields

Tell us something surprising or shocking.

Nic Shields: There really is more sheep than anything else. Wait, that’s hardly shocking.

Ana Mei: The unspoken rule of waving to other JUCY vans while on the road is very real.



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