PereScope is a visual arts project based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington, NZ)
He uri tēnei o te waka tere tōtika, te waka hapu rau, ko Tainui te waka, ko Hoturoa te tangata.
I tāpukea taua waka ki ngā one haumako o Kāwhia,
Ōtira aē, Kāwhia tāngata; ko mātou Ngāti Maniapoto nei e mihi ana;
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.
Ko Kāwhia te wahakura, ko Kāwhia te pito o te ao Tainui, nā te kete rokiroki-ā-Whakaotirangi i whakahaumokotia hei rohe pakiwaitara mano.
Heke mai ngā tau, heke mai ngā rautau, toitū ana ngā maunga e toru.
Ko Pirongia te aroaro o Kahu, ko Kakepuku, ko Te Kawa.
Mai i ngā pūtake o ērā maunga, i tipu ake taku kuia, ko Kathleen.
Heke ia, heke ia, mai i te haukāinga ki te tāone nui,
I moe ia ki a Johnny Spong ka puta a Vicki (taku whaea),
I moe a Vicki ki a Peter Hyde (taku matua, nō Ingarangi ō mātou tipuna) ka puta te tungāne, ko David, ka puta te tuāhine, ko Erica, ka puta ahau.
Ko Peregrin Alexander Hyde te ingoa.
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, mauri ora tātou katoa.
I am a multidisciplinary artist and educator based in Wellington.
I embrace awe, naivety and curiousity and speculation when exploring the deep interconnected patterns of the small. It is a thrill to arrive at scenes of such bizarre (and occasionally meaningful) beauty. And more often than not, the imaging process is a fun and exciting challenge! Focus is key. If my work strikes people as beautiful, or makes somebody a bit more curious about the world, consider me chuffed!
When I'm not exploring the microverse, I can be found guiding school groups at ZEALANDIA EcoSanctuary and playing synth lead and MIDI sequencers in Wellington band Grains.
How did this all start?
In 2018, I was extremely fortunate to be selected as the Education & Outreach Officer aboard the JOIDES Resolution during Expedition 376: Brothers Arc Flux.
The JOIDES Resolution is a state of the art floating research laboratory and drill platform that collects hard-rock and sediment cores from meticulously selected seafloor sites around the globe. During Expedition 376, we spent two months at sea collecting core samples from Brothers Volcano - in one of the most hydrothermally active submarine regions on the planet.
My role aboard the ship was to communicate the science aboard the ship to schools, online audiences and the general public via social media, live broadcast and content creation.
One evening, some of the mineralogists from the microscopy lab showed me how to use the imaging software. From that day on, during my down time I found myself totally hooked to the microscopes. This culminated in a fun little blog post that will forever be my microphotographic debut.