Footbridge across the motorway (SH16), connecting Grey Lynn and Eden Terrace.
The former “So-Hole” is filled in, and buildings going up, here assembled from precast concrete panels.
A brick construction dating back to 1943 (ACC=Auckland City Council). Well maintained with simple tile work inside. No 594 Great North Road, Grey Lynn.
It appears that I am not the only one who shoots toilets…
Jo is cheerfully presiding over her “stall”, a space at 600 Great North Road, Grey Lynn. Filled with treasure (“$1 here”, “$5 here”, “$20 here” …), spilling out along the shop windows, and attracting a steady stream of interested customers. Before she and partner Alan (“alonymous”) bought the place, this used to be a fruit shop, the sign is still there, a fine reminder of the past.
You can read more about Jo here (scroll right to the bottom).
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).
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!
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.
This is a mural gracing the Williamson Road side of the Alway’s Buildings (Grey Lynn Family Medical Centre). The design is by John Pule, a Niue-born artist and writer, the painting was done by a number of students from Manukau Institute of Technology about 10 years ago.
Grey Lynn Park with its grassy slopes makes an excellent setting for a festival. Relaxed seating for the tiring crowd. Amidst the visitors is Richard McWhannell’s macrocarpa sculpture “Night Errant”.