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

June 25, 2014

Fungi

Filed under: Fungi — paul @ 7:30 am
Fungi

Fungi

The wood chip mulch by the railway line in Olympic Park is an ideal substrate for cultures of these fungi – decay at its finest.

Note: this blog will enter a recuperative pause – hopefully short.

June 24, 2014

Midwinter Beach Walk

Filed under: Piha,Seasons,Shadows — paul @ 7:16 am
Midwinter Beach Walk

Midwinter Beach Walk

Piha of course.

June 23, 2014

Shades of Red

Filed under: Art,City — paul @ 7:03 am
At the Auckland Art Gallery

At the Auckland Art Gallery

Impressions from a visit to the Auckland Art Gallery.

June 22, 2014

Cabbage Tree

Filed under: Black and White,Trees — paul @ 7:05 am
Cabbage Tree

Cabbage Tree

Cabbage Tree (Cordyline australis) in the morning sun.

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

June 21, 2014

Pacific Images (Glenn Jowitt)

Filed under: Art,People — paul @ 7:12 am
Glenn Jowitt

Glenn Jowitt

The TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre is showing an exhibition of photographs by Glenn Jowitt (June 10 to August 3, Part of the Auckland Festival of Photography). In his Artist Talk, Glenn brought to life the origin of his images.

Glenn Jowitt achieved international prominence in the 1980s with his landmark publication Images Pacifiques/Pacific Images – a book of spectacular photographs of Pacific Island people, published by Doug Owens (1986). The photographs were first exhibited at Auckland City Art Gallery in 1983, and again in Paris in 1986, also touring to Fiji.

The James Wallace Arts Trust has recently acquired the original suite of Ektacolor prints which made up the Auckland and Paris exhibitions of Images Pacifiques.

Edit (26 July, 2014): With great sadness we learn about the sudden passing earlier this week of Glenn Jowitt, aged 59. From the death notice in the New Zealand Herald: “A photographer who captured the spirit of Polynesia. Family was his heart and soul, friends his joy. Please come and celebrate his life with us on Wednesday 30th July at 11:30am at the Presbyterian Grey Lynn Church on the corner of Crummer and Great North Roads, Grey Lynn followed by private cremation.

Rest in Peace, Glenn, it was a privilege to have met you.

Here is a link to an obituary at Te Papa, The Museum of New Zealand.

Here is Ron Brownson’s tribute to Glenn (Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki).

Dr Oliver Stead, Glenn Jowitt

Dr Oliver Stead, Glenn Jowitt and Books

June 20, 2014

Colours!

Filed under: Avondale,Colours — paul @ 7:01 am
Avondale Shops

Avondale Shops

Colourful merchandise spills out onto the footpath in Avondale.

June 19, 2014

Huia Bridge

Filed under: Bridges,Huia — paul @ 7:08 am
Huia Bridge

Huia Bridge

Huia Bridge crosses the Huia Stream next to Huia Domain. A one lane bridge (traffic going west gives way to the opposite direction), it was constructed in 1935.

Huia Bridge

Huia Bridge

Huia Bridge

Huia Bridge

June 18, 2014

How Convenient! #5

Filed under: Convenience,Huia — paul @ 7:11 am
Pebble Mosaics, Huia Domain

Pebble Mosaics, Huia Domain

The only decorative element at the Huia Domain conveniences is a simple set of pebble mosaics by the outside shower – not that you would need much additional decoration in such a splendid place as is Huia Bay. Located next to the one way bridge over the Huia Stream.

Huia Domain Conveniences

Huia Domain Conveniences

Huia Bay

Huia Bay

June 17, 2014

A Motley Mix at Silo 7

Filed under: Art,Wynyard Quarter — paul @ 6:58 am
Four Eyes

Four Eyes

The base of the Golden Bay Cement Silo 7 at the Wynyard Quarter shows 3 panels of murals by “BMD is your friend“. Nicely executed, open to interpretation, let your imagination go wild…

Mural by BMD is your friend

Mural by BMD is your friend

Mural by BMD is your friend

Mural by BMD is your friend

Mural by BMD is your friend

Mural by BMD is your friend

June 16, 2014

Advice

Filed under: Wynyard Quarter — paul @ 7:21 am
At the Silos, Wynyard Quarter

At the Silos, Wynyard Quarter

“Don’t be a litter Bug” is the admonition on silo 5.

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