Monday, November 30, 2009


Click on Image for larger viewStratford A&P Show 09

Saturday, November 28, 2009

New Plymouth

Click on image for larger viewBell Block (new subdivision) water fountain in the wind. The last time I took photographs here was in 1973 (see Sept 27th post below). The subdivisions then didn't have man made lakes and water fountains.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Land of Farting Cows

Click on image for larger view'This Park Contains Fresh Taranaki Air. Please Do Not Smoke In Our Parks'.
Found by the side of a Kaponga rugby field.

Thursday, November 26, 2009


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Taranaki for a week and the light is sunny and hard (the way I hate it). These tractor engine parts are in an old dairy factory in Cardiff near Kaponga. I remember the New York born photographer Paul Strand and his 1940's studies of heavy machinery.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Makara 1

Two new photographs of Makara. I often go there when the light is wet, just over the hill from Karori. It has a West Coast feel and yet only 10 minutes from NZ's largest suburb. One day I'll do a book of my Makara landscapes.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Leftbank 3

Click on image for larger viewFurniture shop window and graffiti 09.
I've cracked another keeper. Found this scene and worked on it for ages, trying about 20 different positions to find this angle. I love the colours, shapes and scribble. These new photographs recharge my batteries everytime.
The Leftbank locals must have thought I was a nutter up against the glass moving an inch left or right. It's good sometimes to be seen as a bit eccentric because people stop asking questions. I remember reading in a book many years ago: 'Put your camera to your eye and wait. People will stop staring in time and you will become invisible, behind your camera'. It works!!
I think I have about 7 good photographs so far this year. The one above, Nov 15, Oct 3, Sept 22, Aug 31 (dog), Aug 27 (legs) and Aug 21 (hand close up). Perhaps two will truly last.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Leftbank 2

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Leftbank 1

Click on image for a larger viewThe Leftbank is a bohemian corner of Cuba Mall and is celebrating being ten years old. It is jammed with student flats, cheap cafes, book shops and clothes racks. I went there today to take this photograph.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Click on image for larger view Spent some time on a south Wairarapa farm today where I photographed a local called Cabby

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Airport again

Click on image for larger viewI took this photograph the other day at Lyall Bay. It's a strange scene, but I don't know why. Perhaps the spotter knew something.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Willis St

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Shop window on Willis St today. I like the little man on the push bike.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Plane Spotter

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Watching the surf at Lyall Bay today and I spied this man.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Still on the Ferry

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Seascapes 2

Click on image for larger view Cook Strait 08

Monday, November 9, 2009

Seascapes 1

Click on image for larger view Gisborne 1996

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Shaggy Hair

Click on photo for larger view Group waiting for a bus.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

On the Road Again

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After three weeks of sick leave I'm back on the road again. I took these photos this afternoon in Cuba Mall. Not a spectacular start, but at least an effort.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Moth on Hat

Click on image for larger viewSigns of spring. A Gum Emperor landed on this hat and then flew away.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Portraits 6

Click on image for larger view Ans Westra Photographer 1991. We were in the Makara forest together waiting for the light to change and it started raining. She was sheltering under a tree with her Rolleiflex staying dry under her coat. If you click on the picture you can see the rain drops.
I made a new portrait of her a few months ago but I don't like it as much as this one, which appeared in my first book Face Value 1993.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Portraits 5

Click on image for larger viewRussell Kerr ONZM 09. Choreographer of Peter Pan for the Royal NZ Ballet (currently showing). I made this photograph after filming him for an educational resource, three weeks ago. You can see his interview on the RNZB web site. He was born in 1930 and is such an interesting man.