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

May 28, 2017

Painted Boxes: Red-Billed Gull/Tarapunga

Filed under: Birds,Grey Lynn,Painted Boxes — paul @ 9:42 am
Red-Billed Gull/Tarapunga

Red-Billed Gull/Tarapunga

This utility box by Paul Walsh graces the intersection of Tuarangi and Great North Roads, Grey Lynn; contrasting with the brickwork of the Pocket Bar and Kitchen.

July 20, 2016

Shadow Play

Filed under: Eden Terrace,Grey Lynn,Shadows — paul @ 8:16 am
The Bridge

The Bridge

Footbridge across the motorway (SH16), connecting Grey Lynn and Eden Terrace.

April 8, 2016

Higher and Higher

Filed under: Buildings,Grey Lynn,Ponsonby — paul @ 8:37 am
Higher and Higher

Higher and Higher

The former “So-Hole” is filled in, and buildings going up, here assembled from precast concrete panels.

October 8, 2015

How Convenient! #12

Filed under: Convenience,Grey Lynn — paul @ 7:54 am
Photogenic Convenience

Photogenic Convenience

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…

To the right of the sushi shop is the Alonymous Gallery followed by Jo’s Stall; and the wall of the brick building on the left (ASBBank) also featured in an earlier post.

June 3, 2015

Jo’s Stall

Filed under: Grey Lynn,People — paul @ 8:25 am
Jo

Jo

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).

Jo's Stall

Jo’s Stall

Jo's Stall and Customers

Jo’s Stall and Customers

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 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 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.

October 15, 2014

Big Mural (John Pule)

Filed under: Art,Grey Lynn,Walls — paul @ 7:09 am
Moana

Moana

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.

Big Mural (John Pule)

Big Mural (John Pule)

Big Mural (John Pule)

Big Mural (John Pule)

Big Mural (John Pule)

Big Mural (John Pule)

December 3, 2013

Festival Flags

Filed under: Art,Festivals,Grey Lynn — paul @ 7:23 am
At the Grey Lynn Festival

At the Grey Lynn Festival

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”.

Night Errant (Richard McWhannell 1994)

Night Errant (Richard McWhannell 1994)

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