I had a job postpone this morning, so thought it could be a timely opportunity to revisit a part of Christchurch that I had photographed quite a bit after the 2011 quakes. Shot largely about Dallington and Avonside, this area has been under CERA management for most of that time. Most occupants have now settling with either their insurance company, and / or The Crown / CERA. As a result, most houses have now been removed. Fortunately vegetation of any substance has largely been retained. Subsequently, pockets of trees and shrubs serve as sentinels of obsolete boundaries divisions.
Yet substantial vegetation has been left, and the empty spaces resown in grass. The resulting park like space is huge, and now has an eerie peace. There is blossom out, birds are singing, while white baiters relax beside their nets resting on the banks of the Avon. That seems an eternity from the violent destruction that followed from 22nd Feb 2011. Yet the signs are all still there – broken roads, empty signs, derelict fencelines, leaning power poles, and even the odd container and port-a-loo remain tucked away. There are playgrounds without kids. Bus stops without passengers. Driveways without cars. These all provide a sly glimpse of the turbulence thrust upon this suburban void, and the subsequent human and geological upheaval that resulted.