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

March 9, 2013

Self Portrait with Tree Tops and Scaffold

Filed under: Shadows,Trees — Tags: — paul @ 5:28 pm
The View from the Gutter

The View from the Gutter

The scaffold has gone, some of it at least, yesterday afternoon. But in the morning, the sun projected it into the canopy of aging kanuka trees.

December 22, 2012

Sky Mirror (Anish Kapoor)

Filed under: Art,Reflections,West Island — Tags: — paul @ 7:29 am
Sky Mirror (Anish Kapoor, 2006)

Sky Mirror (Anish Kapoor, 2006)

For more weekend reflections, go to James’ Weekend Reflections site.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia is hosting an exhibition of works by the renowned artist Anish Kapoor. We visited the museum the day before the opening, and found a gigantic stainless steel mirror (concave towards the sky, to watch the clouds go by, and to see some highrise buildings, depending on the angle of view; and convex towards the museum building). Ten metres in diameter, it is a spectacular sight.

From the MCA web page:

In this selection of key works across two floors of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, you can encounter Kapoor’s powerful artworks up close and in-depth. Highlights include 1000 Names (1979-80), his early powdered pigment geometric sculptures; Void (1989), a large deep blue sculpture that changes from a convex to a concave form depending on your position; one of the artist’s most ambitious works, the 24-ton Memory (2008) which completely fills one of the MCA’s spacious galleries as if squeezed between the white walls; and the monumental My Red Homeland (2003), which replicates the role of the artist. In this enormous circular sculpture, a large motorised steel blade slowly cuts a course through 25 tons of red wax, endlessly dissecting and re-shaping it into new forms.

Self Portrait with MCA Sydney

Self Portrait with MCA Sydney

Sky Mirror (Anish Kapoor, 2006)

Sky Mirror (Anish Kapoor, 2006)

October 19, 2012

Self Portrait with Tree and Crater

Filed under: Mount Eden — Tags: — paul @ 7:47 am
Projection onto the Crater Wall

Projection onto the Crater Wall

Standing on the rim of the crater of Mount Eden.

September 16, 2012

Self Portraits at the Centre Pompidou

Filed under: Art,Not even NZ,People,Reflections — Tags: — paul @ 6:43 am
Reflection in "6 Standing Panes"

Reflection in "6 Standing Panes"

The Centre Pompidou is hosting a retrospective “Panorama” of the work of Gerhard Richter (until September 24). The images shown here are reflections in the piece “6 Standing Panes“. Depending on the light, the position, the exposure, and also the number of people blocking light out, there were numerous different effects – always with Paris in the background.

For more weekend reflections, go to James’ Weekend Reflections site.

Reflection in "6 Standing Panes"

Reflection in "6 Standing Panes"

Reflection in "6 Standing Panes"

Reflection in "6 Standing Panes"

Reflection in "6 Standing Panes"

Reflection in "6 Standing Panes"

September 3, 2012

Saturday Morning at the Office

Filed under: Not even NZ,People — Tags: — paul @ 5:22 am
Self Portrait with Three Graces

Self Portrait with Three Graces

Everybody who is somebody in Lahr will make an appearance in the Marktstrasse on Saturday mornings. Here at the Wolkenkratzer.

Also a rogue contribution to jb’s rogue theme day (“Umbrellas”).

The Wolkenkratzer

The Wolkenkratzer

July 15, 2012

Self Portrait with the Glass Half Empty

Filed under: Black and White — Tags: — paul @ 6:58 am
It's Empty

It's Empty

At The Riverhead Tavern.

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

April 22, 2012

Look at Me!

Filed under: Black and White,Smile — Tags: — paul @ 6:45 am
Hello World!

Hello World!

Assisted by the autumn sun, I am indulging my delusions of grandeur …

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

March 31, 2012

Self Portrait with the Model

Filed under: Not West,Reflections,Smile — Tags: — paul @ 7:16 am
Pollen Street, Thames

Pollen Street, Thames

On the way to the Coromandel, we stopped in Thames. A world away from Auckland and the present. My sense of disbelief only heightened when I saw myself reduced to a stick figure and in unfamiliar company …

For more weekend reflections, go to James’ Weekend Reflections site.

February 19, 2012

Self Portrait with Six Koru

Filed under: Black and White,St Marys Bay — Tags: — paul @ 7:29 am
At the Leys Institute

At the Leys Institute

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

Koru is the Maori word for the unfurling fern frond (the logo of Air New Zealand, our national carrier, is a stylised koru). In front of the Leys Institute in St Marys Bay are three bicycle stands in the form of such scrolls. And if you need help, the artist (I don’t know who) has even included instructions.

I liked the angle of the picture above best, but below is another view without the intrusion of the photographer.

Instructions

Instructions

Bicycle Stands

Bicycle Stands

February 18, 2012

Self Portrait in Ponsonby

Filed under: Ponsonby,Reflections,Smile — Tags: — paul @ 7:01 am
How to Make Friends?

How to Make Friends?

(Me and) the Three Lamps end of Ponsonby Road reflected in the rear end of an SUV. They might be pretty good at whatever it is they are doing, but diplomacy does not seem to be their speacialty.

For more weekend reflections, go to James’ Weekend Reflections site.

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