I have to credit Alan Dove, for his recent newsletter. His UrBex (Urban Exploration) imagery stirred a few thoughts. Already I have planned my Hamner series – thank you for that inspiration Alan!
But I figured that here in CHCH we have one big Urbex experience right under our nose. Yet for the most part, those of us living here are simply sick of a broken city, the failings of National Library in documenting it, and to be honest – most things quake related. It’s simply old news. Just bring on a new city, stop the bickering, and iron out the roads!
Yet, I also think we owe it to ourselves to break out of that mindset. What we have is something broken – but pretty unique. So last week between jobs, I set myself a challenge to make myself go out and take another look. I only had about 50mins, and thought what the heck. So off on foot I went, on a self guided photography walk. Here’s what I shot just in a few blocks, mainly along Manchester St, from about Tuam st, through to Kilmore St.
I actually felt quite invigorated afterwards I have to be honest. The task of observing your surroundings, analysing lighting, searching for graphical elements, noting the odd and interesting – was all quite uplifting. I guess that’s the challenge knowing you started with nothing, and at the end you have actually created something. Yet that something was always there the whole time. Yet, it won’t be forever. That’s photography I guess, and why I do what I do in a nutshell.