‘At The Yacht Club On A Grey Day II’
‘At The Yacht Club On A Grey Day’
Not only are they austere ,”no frills”, windows, these particular gatehouse specimens don’t actually seem to fulfill the purpose of windows – nobody looks in or out of them as far as I can ascertain.
It’s all a bit sad really, but not beyond a post at Ebb Then Flood…
‘Through Arch Green’
Graffiti covers the walls and windows of an abandoned building in central Christchurch.
‘New Regent Street Evening’
‘Across The Rainbow’
‘Diamonds And Flowers’
…it’s a little late for Valentine’s Day, but it’s the thought that counts, right?…
‘Northern Wairoa Hotel’
‘Looking Down The Lane’
… a favourite Auckland view…
‘On The Corner Of Shortland & High’
‘Half Buried Memories’
No, it’s not the results of a New Zealand earthquake, but rather a sculptural piece in Auckland commenting (perhaps) on the loss of historical buildings, and that greater emotional loss which accompanies that process.
While I was taking the picture on the weekend, a colourful local approached and told me that he had opposed the sculpture’s installation years ago. A “waste of money” ,”not actually real”. Just attracted people wanting to take photos (“like me?”, I asked smilingly).
That was as may be, but there was no getting around the period in the 1980s when developers, according to the bloke, were hell bent on pulling down old buildings and replacing them with new and shiny edifices, before new “heritage” planning rules prevented them doing so without some preservation measures being undertaken.
It is a burial site of a kind, even if “not real”, and evokes the feelings you associate with those places.
In the background, the newer high rise buildings of downtown can be seen through the trees.
There will come a time when they too will be demolished to make way for something “better” and more progressive.
And only memories will remain.
The old is juxtaposed against the new in this shot of two Auckland buildings.
I always enjoy striking contrasts of any kind, especially when they are absolutely cheek by jowl.
Diversity of form and thought are precious, but often the closer you look at very different things ,the more you see the similarities.
In this case, the use of white paint and symmetry, even though the overall stylings are massively different.
At any gathering of people there will be contrasting outlooks and personalities and varied back stories, somehow inhabiting the same place and time, for, at least, similar purposes.
Enjoy your juxtapositions!
(#12, and final, in a series of shots of small town New Zealand. I hope you have enjoyed the images, and the sometimes idiosyncratic diversity of my country ! I have barely touched the surface, really. Best wishes to all who have stopped by and please stay safe, wherever you are, Andy L.)
“Early Morning Anzac Ave”
…the early morning sun hits the façades of the buildings halfway between the train terminal and the work that awaits me – it cheers me up to see the illumination – I hope for similar inspiration and clarity…