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The road less travelled

I am usually the short of driver who gets in a car and drives straight to a location. It is the bain on my wife you likes to shop and take photos along the way. I often tell people that she has got very adept at shooting landscapes at 80kph.

Today was quite different. We had some spare time in Wanganui and as i wanted to find old buildings for a competition next year we decided to spend some time driving out along the Whanganui river towards the small settlement of Jerusalem. The road is fairly windy and in parts more closely resembles a driveway than a state highway.

With the amount of time available we never managed to get all the way to our destination but we did find some unusual and worthy subjects which are presented below.

I sneaked into the old house.
I sneaked into the old house.

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The area has a strong Maori influence.
The area has a strong Maori influence.
Anyone need a plate for a new car
Anyone need a plate for a new car

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I am sure this must have have a colourful past.
I am sure this must have have a colourful past.
This pump is in imperial measure so is older than 1967
This pump is in imperial measure so is older than 1967

Street Art

Melbourne is a great place for art and quite a lot of it is not stuck in galleries but is on the walls of the many alleyways that run through the city. I am referring to piece of street art (as opposed to tags).

The council actually have a funny attitude to street art. They have a scheme where (with the building owner’s permission) an artist can submit a concept for a piece of work which will last for 6 months. The piece will be approved, but the artist has to paint it without being seen, because graffiti is illegal. Obviously because one man’s art is another graffiti trying to come up with a definition has been too difficult for them.

I doubt that it is actually policed much anyway.

While we were holidaying there I spent quite a bit of time down alleyways trying to capture the best of the work and now have quite a collection that will probably be used with some more commercial work.

Photographing in alleyways has special challenges (apart from the obvious one of being mugged). The ones is Melbourne can be three or four story high so light is a major issue. Deploying the flash will often not produce a good result as you end up with hot spots as the paint reflects the flash.

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Helicopter Flight

Every once in a while an offer comes along that you just can’t refuse. So it was when a friend of my wife asked if I would like to use a voucher she had been given for a helicopter flight over Wellington. My answer “Hell yes”. Then when I posted what I was doing another friend asked if I could take some photos of some building roofs. No problem I said.

Christchurch – One year on

On the way back from the National roller Skating championships we stopped into Christchurch. The first surprise was that coming from the South there was little evidence that the city had been hit by a major earthquake, but once you reached the CBD it was more than obvious.

I only took a few images. The clock frozen at the time the quake. The bike still locked in Cashel street makes you wonder what happened to the owner. The banks of the once beautifully maintain Avon River now overgrown.