Monday, February 28, 2011

Things from the vault, organised neatly

This image is influenced by two different things I have enjoyed over the last week. The first was a photographic exhibition at the Wellington City Gallery - The Vault by Neil Pardington. These were amazing photos of objects found in the vaults of museums all around NZ. They were sharp, focused and had an amazing sense of perspective. I wanted to play with an image in photoshop to see if I could figure out what he did to get that sense of perspective. The other influence was the things organised neatly blog.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Wellington, Rotorua, and an earthquake

I have had a very full week, I have taken photos but not had the time to put them up, so I have decided to make this post a week's digest.

To start the week on Sunday I had a lovely day wandering around art galleries in Wellington with Esmay. This orb hangs in the sky outside the Wellington Art Gallery.

The day was beautiful, the sun was shining and as I sat in Mac's restaurant I looked across and saw the day framed. It seemed the perfect image for my girls' weekend away - the perfect day framed.

From Wellington I traveled to Rotorua for our annual Learning@School conference. This is a conference that I always look forward to. 1000 enthusiastic teachers sharing their practice with each other around technology, pedagogy, curriculum, and everything else. We had two days to set up for the conference but tragically in the middle of setting up on the Tuesday the news came through about the earthquake in Christchurch. CORE Education, who I work for, are based in Christchurch and about half of our staff at the conference had family there. Everyone was on their phones to find loved ones and then we found a way for them all to go home. Fortunately all were safe, but very, very shaken.

The conference went on with the remainder of the staff stepping up to fill in for the Christchurch staff who went home. Everything ran smoothly and the delegates would not have noticed how frantically everyone was working. My last image of Evelyn trying out one of the electric bikes at the conference summed up the experience for me. The conference went by in a blur of activity.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Petone Markets

We went for a walk through the Petone street markets and these enterprising young boys were showing off their artistic talents and selling pieces of their artwork.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Lower Hutt Farmers Market

I'm in Wellington staying with a friend for the weekend. She took me to the early morning markets where she buys all her fruit and veg and I only had my iphone to capture images, but I loved the colours.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Exposure bracketing

I found the exposure bracketing setting on my camera last night so played with it while capturing this sunset.

Saturday, February 12, 2011


The band performed in downtown Dunedin today.

Friday, February 11, 2011


Evening from my back deck.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Bell tea

Blue skies in Dunedin. This golden bell is just down the road from my house, high atop a building, in a backstreet, where no one really notices it. What a shame

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Phone boxes

Phone boxes used to be on every corner when I was growing up. I spent a good deal in phone boxes as a teenager since we didn't have a phone in our house. And of course, where would good old Clark Kent get changed without these boxes? You don't see too many of these around now but these three stand proudly in the exchange.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


I noticed these coke signs in a bit of a dodgy part of town. They had chain link fences erected in front of them. I found it interesting to think that they were considered important enough to need that form of protection and yet had been let fade with age. In this particular one I think there is supposed to be a splash of coke behind the model, however with the passage of time, and attention of the sun, it looks like she has met with some gruesome end.

Monday, February 7, 2011


This is a sight not often seen in Dunedin - St Clair Beach with people swimming. Was a beautiful warm day followed by a torrential rain storm.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Dunedin Prison

Just across from the railway station is a beautiful old building being used for a rather sad purpose.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Otago Farmer's Market

If you are ever visiting Dunedin on a Saturday morning and you want to experience the best French crepes, then pop in to the Otago Farmer's market at the railway station. My favourite is the Butterscotch Crepe and (in my opinion) they are so much nicer than the ones I had in Paris.