Protégé gives thanks

Richard Robinson with the birthday cake, Alf Rendell and Legacy’s Mike Savage.

It’s all part of the rich Alf Rendell legacy. And it contributed to “the best 100th birthday” the witty photographer’s ever had.

Richard Robinson, the inaugural recipient of the Alf Rendell photography scholarship, dropped by on Alf’s birthday and presented him with a birthday cake. It was a timely acknowledgement that the veteran lens man’s scholarship had served Richard well.

The annual $2000 scholarship was launched two years ago with proceeds from Alf’s book Historic Tauranga From Above – a book of aerial shots by Alf from the cockpit of a Tiger Moth biplane between 1946 and 1958.

The scholarship is awarded to a Toi Ohoimoi Bachelor of Creative Industries student every year.

Richard says the scholarship assisted in terms of his study fees and his public profile. He’s now working as a professional photographer in Tauranga. He’s also venturing into video work.

The $25,000 publication costs of Alf’s book was backed by the Legacy Trust. The first 2,000-copy print run spent six weeks, second only to All Black Dan Carter’s book, on the Books A Plenty’s best seller list. “Alf’s scholarship is a wonderful legacy,” says Legacy’s Mike Savage.

To celebrate his birthday, Alf gathered with family and friends at Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, which he joined in 1933.

One of his gifts was a trivia poster reflecting events of 1917, the year Alf was born. Significantly it was the same year the optics and imaging company Nikon was founded.