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

April 7, 2016

Groundlings and More

Filed under: City,Drama — paul @ 8:43 am
Peter (Paul Willis) and Musicians

Peter (Paul Willis) and Musicians

Last night we saw Romeo and Juliet at the Popup Globe. Our son Christoph had shouted us prime seats (they still were quite hard though…), giving us excellent view of the proceedings. Spare a thought for the “groundlings” – standing room only in the pit – the attraction being the even closer proximity to the action, even getting roped into the story, not to mention the price ($15, or $10 on the night).

A bloodbath – but a great experience.

Groundlings - Taking a Weight off their Feet at Interval

Groundlings – Taking a Weight off their Feet at Interval

Exuberance - Giving and Receiving Applause

Exuberance – Giving and Receiving Applause

The Cast

The Cast

March 13, 2016

Pop Up Globe — The Bard Down Under

Filed under: Buildings,City — paul @ 9:03 am
Pop Up Globe

Pop Up Globe

It took 35 days to erect: a replica of the second Globe Theatre in the middle of Auckland, as the world celebrates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The season from mid-february to well into April, with international stars and many sold out sessions. The construction uses modern scaffolding technology, with plywood, seating up to 900.

A few pictures from a tour of the venue with Edward Bijl.

Read more about it here and here.

Onion Dome

Onion Dome

Pop Up Globe

Pop Up Globe

Our Guide

Our Guide

Pop Up Globe

Pop Up Globe

Rooftop Maintenance

Rooftop Maintenance

March 7, 2016

Pink

Filed under: Buildings,City,Colours — paul @ 7:04 am
Pink

Pink

Looking towards Albert Park from Victoria Street car park in the city. (Frienz is a backpackers.)

March 2, 2016

Harbourview

Filed under: City,Te Atatu — paul @ 12:42 pm
Orangihina, Te Atatu

Orangihina, Te Atatu

Not much of a view last Monday, with low cloud and occasional periods of heavy rainfall (clouds barely clearing Mount Albert in the picture). But the weather is improving and the opening of the Harbourview Sculpture Trail is approaching. Plan a visit, it’s going to be great!

From Saturday 5 March to Monday 28 March 2016. Open daily from 10am-6pm Mon to Thurs, with later Twilight hours every Friday & Saturday till 7.30pm.

Pictures from past events here. Or get a preview on Facebook.

February 28, 2016

Love

Filed under: City,Reflections — paul @ 7:03 am
Love in Store

Love in Store

Love inside the Art Gallery Store overpowers the reflections of Kitchener Street outside.

February 25, 2016

Barnes Dance

Filed under: City,People — paul @ 7:08 am
Barnes Dance, Queen and Victoria Streets

Barnes Dance, Queen and Victoria Streets

The intersection of Queen and Victoria Streets is controlled by a system called “Barnes Dance“: all traffic lights switch to red, and pedestrians cross in all directions (also known as “pedestrian scramble”, “X crossing”, “diagonal crossing”). Named after traffic engineer Henry Barnes who first introduced this method in Denver Colorado in the 1940s.

It can get crowded in the centre…

February 6, 2016

Fire Escape

Filed under: Black and White,City — paul @ 8:43 am
Fire Escape

Fire Escape

Fire escape in Karangahape Road, Auckland.

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

November 25, 2015

Beyond the Mangroves

Filed under: Avondale,City,Point Chevalier — paul @ 9:13 am
Beyond the Mangroves

Beyond the Mangroves

A view of Auckland from Patiki Road, near State Highway 16. Mangroves in the foreground, then Point Chevalier and city skyline.

November 22, 2015

Looking Up

Filed under: City — paul @ 7:42 am
Stairs, Viaduct Carpark

Stairs, Viaduct Carpark

Stairs at the Viaduct Carpark, city.

October 31, 2015

Not Halloween

Filed under: Black and White,City — paul @ 7:15 am
Spooky

Spooky

But it looks a bit spooky. At a First Thursday in Karangahape Road earlier this year. (Paper Bag Princess, 145 K-Road)

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

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