Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

May 29, 2015

Nightfall

Filed under: Clouds,French Bay,Manukau — paul @ 7:00 am
The Cloud

The Cloud

A big cloud towers over the Manukau Harbour, catching the last light of the setting sun. As the Low disappeared in the east, a chilly night ensued, followed by a crisp but sunny day. French Bay.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

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May 28, 2015

Black-eyed Susan

Filed under: Flowers — paul @ 7:36 am
Black-eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susan

They have to be ranked as one of the most cheerful flowers, splashing orange colour about with abandon. Of course, they are also classed as ‘environmentally damaging’ (a weed by any other name). To be enjoyed.

Titirangi Road.

May 27, 2015

More Distress

Filed under: Grey Lynn,History — Tags: — paul @ 7:44 am
Watch This Space

Watch This Space

In keeping with Alan of alonymous (“the more distressed the better”), here is what looks like a well-cultivated distressed look, undergoing a makeover. The canopy still identifies it as “The Time Machine”, but their Facebook page says farewell and thanks to customers from April 1. The newspapers are barely a couple of weeks old, you may recognise Jeb B’s likeness.

I remember an earlier incarnation of this place under the name of “Olivia’s Boutique” and “ERA Boutique” about five years ago (below, with a youthful selfie).

Olivia's Boutique

Olivia’s Boutique

May 26, 2015

Hine (Owen Dippie, 2015)

Filed under: Art,City,Walls — paul @ 7:07 am
Hine (Owen Dippie, 2015)

Hine (Owen Dippie, 2015)

A recent work by Owen Dippie, created during the All Fresco weekend of the Karangahape Business Association. Showing the head of a woman (hine = girl, woman in Māori) with traditional tā moko, the Māori chin tattoo. Modelled on a family friend, Tania Cotter. Be sure to watch the video clip by Māori TV of the unveiling. (Not sure if it is available outside NZ.)

The mural is in Upper Queen Street, three storeys high, overlooking the motorway, next to the bridge.

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

Two more of Owen Dippie’s Auckland murals here and here.

May 25, 2015

From a Bush Walk

Filed under: Plants,Seasons,Waitakere Ranges — paul @ 8:20 am
Parataniwha and Fern Fronds

Parataniwha and Fern Fronds

Looking down on lush growth of parataniwha and some golden-brown dead fern fronds along the way. (With a bonus puriri flower.)

May 24, 2015

Alonymous

Filed under: Grey Lynn,People — paul @ 7:08 am
Alan Robertson

Alan Robertson

Meet Alan who runs a gallery called “alonymous“, exhibiting his lifelong photography in Grey Lynn at 598 Great North Road. A great range of subjects from many places, digital prints $10 in size A3 – would have to be the bargain of the year. It’s a colourful neighbourhood, framed by a sushi shop at the left and a bric-a-brac (“Jo’s Stall”) on the right, all in the same building. A pragmatic fit-out concentrates the eye on the cradles of prints.

I noticed the distressed door leading from the back of the showroom to his private quarters, and he explained that it was a souvenir from a previous home around the corner (“the more distressed the better” – showing me some fine black and white prints of Irish houses in various states of repair). As I was about to leave, he caught sight of a bit of fluff on the rug – “we like it tidy – must get the Hoover”. A relic of yesteryear in perfect working order and in perfect harmony with the environment. Nice meeting you, Alan, the slower pace suits you!

Distressed

Distressed

"We like it tidy"

“We like it tidy”

May 23, 2015

Behind the Fence

Filed under: Black and White,Plants — paul @ 7:16 am
Behind the Fence

Behind the Fence

The wire fence casts shadows on the fan of New Zealand flax behind.

For more black and white images check out Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White.

May 22, 2015

POP Plinths

Filed under: Festivals,People,Ponsonby — paul @ 9:06 am
Three Tongan Creatives

Three Tongan Creatives

I was near the top of Ponsonby Road yesterday, when I spotted the plinths and performers (as well as some Council staffers as well as Ali Ikram from TV3’s “Campbell Live”). Auckland Council and Waitemata Local Board are keeping the population amused (some more and some less so) with a bit of POP Foolery. This is POP Project 13: “An installation of plinths will invite you to be a living sculpture in your own neighbourhood. Strike a pose, burst into song, stand on one leg, and take your rightful place.

Apart from #popplinths there is also #poppercussion #wordpop #poppingpong #popfoolery . Enjoy while it lasts. Locations vary. The idea seems to be to engage the community in unexpected fun in unexpected places.

Watch video of Campbell Live about POP. Or check them out on Facebook.

There were not many people about when I came past the action yesterday. But you can see that every man and their dog participated in the frolicking.

20 POP Plinths

20 POP Plinths

May 21, 2015

Camera Shy

Filed under: Grey Lynn,People — paul @ 8:39 am
Three Mates

Three Mates

The bus shelter provided the ambience for their morning meet up , and when they spotted my camera I got an invitation to shoot them. But one of them seems to have had second thoughts. At Grey Lynn, next to the big John Pule mural.

May 20, 2015

Painted Boxes: Dragon and Taniwha

Filed under: Art,New Lynn,Painted Boxes — paul @ 7:15 am
Painted Boxes: Taniwha

Painted Boxes: Taniwha

This pair of utility boxes by an unnamed artist is by the New Lynn railway station, corner Memorial Drive and Totara Avenue. Mythical creatures from different cultural backgrounds: the taniwha commanding respect of natural hazards in Maori tradition, and the dragon symbolising strength and good fortune in Chinese folklore.

Appropriate for the area, as New Lynn has a high proportion of Asian population — yin and yang for balance and harmony.

Painted Boxes: Dragon

Painted Boxes: Dragon

Painted Boxes: Yin and Yang

Painted Boxes: Yin and Yang

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