This picture was made whilst flying across the southern alps in the South Island. I was on an early morning flight heading towards the west coast of New Zealand :
This picture is a few minutes latter than the ones in this post.
I was enroute from Christchurch to Adelaide.
This picture was made on an early morning poodle walk with Ari. The autumn mornings have been very still, gentle and calm.
I have been spending my days sitting at the computer at Encounter Studio trying to sequence the photos in The Bowden Archives book. I take a break by starting to select images for the next book--Tasmanian Elegies.
I'm on the road to Melbourne this week. I am staying here for a couple of days to work on editing the images of the Bowden Archives book with Stuart Murdoch. He has kindly volunteered to help me. I am just too close to the work.
I was able to do a bit of photography yesterday around the Southern Cross Station
I was waiting to meet some friends in Richmond and I had a hour or so to take some photos around Docklands.
I was on the early am flight when I flew out of Christchurch to Adelaide via Melbourne. We left Christchurch as the sun was rising over the Canterbury Plains.
The early morning light flickered across the tops of the high country before as we fly over them before crossing the Southern Alps on our way to the West Coast of the South Island.
I was very fortunate to see the early morning light over the high country though which the Waimakarri River flows on its way to Peagasus Bay in the Pacific Ocean.
Re-Start is a temporary mall built from 64 shipping containers in Cashel St in the CBD of Christchurch, New Zealand. It was a response to the 2011 earthquake, and when I was there in early 2017 Re-Start --basically a pop up mall---was a very successful, people gathering place.
The containers were bright and colourful and the place had a funky, vibrant vibe. It was such a contrast to the rest of the CBD.
Re-Start's days are numbered. The place is due to be closed down on Sunday, April 30, as its role as a transitional space is complete as the new CBD retail spaces come on stream. I understand that there will be a permanent Farmers Market.
The story of Christchurch’s iconic transitional shipping container mall is being farewelled with with a farewell photography exhibition-- 61 Days to Re:START: An Exhibition in Photos. Unfortunately none of the photos in the exhibition are online.
One of the notable characteristics of the CBD in Christchurch that I realised from my walking around the city was the amount of street art on the walls of the earthquake damaged buildings. I was also surprised about how good work the street art was. An example:
This eagle mural (by DALeast?) is one of the many murals that I saw around the CBD whilst I strolled around. The quality of the work Christchurch suggested that international artists as well as New Zealand’s street artists. Is that the result of street art festivals since the 2011 earthquake?
I made a couple of abstracts whilst I was in Christchurch for my mothers's funeral. This one was made when I was wandering around the CBD. It was near Cathedral Square:
I had spend the morning wandering around the CBD thinking that I should come back and photograph what I was seeing by way of a destroyed city.
I stayed in a motel in Papanui Rd, Merivale with my sister. In the early morning I would walk down to the local shops to have breakfast and I would take a few snaps along the way.
Merivale is one of Christchurch's more upmarket suburbs. In contrast, to say Sydenham, it is where the old money is. It didn't seem to have been that badly damaged by the 2011 earthquake. Or if it had, then the insurance money flowed in quickly to repair the damage to the buildings.