Jake Mein

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

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.

To view more of Jake’s work please visit his website.



Issue No.13 – Call For Entry!


Robert Lyons
International Limited Residency MFA Photography Program Hartford Art School
University of Hartford
Portland, Oregon


Aint–Bad No. 13 Call For Entry is officially open! We are teaming up with a new group of guest curators and editors from all over to collaborate on a publication that seeks the best contemporary photography being made today! Learn more about each of these talented curators and submit today!

Robert Lyons lives in Portland,Oregon. He has taught extensively in the USA and Europe at various institutions including: Emily Carr College of Art & Design, Photographic Center Northwest, International Center of Photography, and the Ostkreuzschule in Berlin. He received an M.F.A. from Yale University in 1979. Lyons has received numerous awards for his work including: NEA Survey Grant, Ford Foundation Grants, and a MacDowell Residency. His work has been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe and is represented in numerous permanent collections including: The Metropolitan Museum, Seattle Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery, Portland Art Museum, Hallmark Collection of Photography, Nelson–Atkins Museum, and Beth Hatefutsoth Museum of the Diaspora, Tel Aviv, Israel.

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