As with most subjects, some are easier to capture than others. Tall and extremely thin sculptures like The Wind Wand are particularly difficult. Not just because it’s dimensions but also the location around it meant standing far back from it to capture the full height. This sculpture stands 48 metres tall and lives on the New Plymouth Coastal Walkway. The red tube is made of fibreglass and bends in the wind
The location of this photograph was an accidental find. Spending the weekend in a tiny holiday home (known as a bach here in New Zealand). It was in the small View Road South Headland Reserve. Despite having missed this location on the map many times, the height above sea level of this reserve gives it a wonderful view of the bays and out to the Cook Straight. This landscape shows Queens Drive winding around Waitara Cove in the foreground. In the middle of the photograph is a rocky area called Arthurs Nose and the larger bay in the background is Lyall Bay. You can also see the runway of Wellington International Airport in front of the large Miramar Peninsula.
In Frank Kitts Park on the largest sculptures in this year’s LUX festival is both a unique creative idea and an important message. It is a response to the 83,000 New Zealand children who go to school hungry each day. This is what 6,000 brightly coloured, plastic lunch boxes handing from a tree look like light up at night.
Children were running through the sculpture moving the boxes, setting the camera on a tripod and using a 5 second exposure this is the resulting photograph. When this work came down the artists gave the 6,000 lunch boxes, along with lunch to low decile school students. LUX is an free festival of light in Wellington. Every year it turns the waterfront and laneways into a celebration of light, art, technology and design.
Just near Wagamama’s restaurant on Queens Wharf I came across this glowing light installation. The Jelly Bloom design is intended to emulate the ghostliness, fluidity and gracefulness of a jellyfish’s movement and echoes the synchronised effect a bloom of jellyfish create when they swim together. Walking along the waterfront past this point on my commute I often see blooms of jellyfish in the water here. LUX is an free festival of light in Wellington. Every year it turns the waterfront and laneways into a celebration of light, art, technology and design.
The Wellington Botanic Gardens is somewhere I always recommend you visit as there is a large variety of features in the 25 hectares of land on the side of the hill near central Wellington. From protected native forest to a large Victorian-style glasshouse as well as seasonal displays, fountains, rose garden and even a duck pond. This photograph was taken in front of an office building next to the MetService offices at the edge of the gardens just off Salamanca Road. The bench next to the tree ferns looked very inviting. The hill on the other side of the city centre is Mount Victoria.
When I first went to the lookout point at the top of Mount Victoria, I knew there would be a great view of Wellington harbour and city centre. What I was surprised by is one of the best views in my opinion is what I photographed here. Looking in the opposite direction of the city centre across Evans Bay to Wellington International Airport. On the right side of the photograph is the suburb of Kilbirnie and on the left is the airport runway. This was taken at 6:30pm on a winter’s evening. The sun had just set behind where I was stood over the city centre. I had my iPhone set up to capture a time-lapse of the planes landing and taking off.
The airport itself is the third busiest in New Zealand after Auckland and Christchurch. The runway length limits the size of planes that can land here, only international planes from Australia, Fiji and the Chatham Islands can land here. Larger, long hall planes need a longer runway. You can see from this view point that there is a plane coming into land over the Cook Straight in the background, flying over Moa Point just behind the end of the runway there. On the foreground side of the runway is Evans Bay as I mentioned.