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Laneway 2015

by Jackson Perry

My sixth Laneway, and another year in Silo Park for the Auckland festival.

This year, thanks to Russell securing a media pass for Capture, I got into the pit for the first three songs of each set. I don't think I've ever worked so hard as a photographer, but I had a lot of fun, and certainly got a lot closer to the performers than previously possible.

They had to stretcher me out at the end. Pretty much.

I've got to run off to work, so may add more commentary later. For now, please kick in with your own Laneway photos in the comments.

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From the Road

by Giovanni Tiso

Reposted with kind permission from Gio's blog Bat, Bean, Beam.

Our trip down South was a decade in the planning, an idea we routinely abandoned each year around the month of October once we realised that the all-devouring needs of family would foil us again. So this time we just booked five one-way plane tickets to Christchurch as a way of making the trip non-refundable, therefore definitely happening. The kindness of a friend and some fortunate last-minute bookings made sure we had somewhere to stay and the beginnings of an itinerary.

The trip involved a great deal of driving – 2,200 kilometres by my rough reckoning – which fell entirely upon my partner, so I was able to take some pictures. As I shared them on Twitter recently (if you’ve seen them, you’ve read this post), a couple of people suggested I check out Robin Morrison’s The South Island of New Zealand From the Road, a relatively recent (1981) but emphatically out-of-print book that I was able to study today at the Turnbull Library. And a catalogue of beautiful pictures it is, without doubt, yet also oddly skewed. There is not a single image of Christchurch, save for the interior of a restaurant. Nothing from urban Dunedin, either. Its favourite subjects are windswept landscapes and quirky buildings, remote cottages and farmhouses, aging workers and retired couples. It’s a South Island cast by its unique light in stark loneliness, tied to old industries – like mining or crop farming – while progress may be presumed to happen elsewhere. This picture in the Morrison book is indicative of their somewhat bleak geometry.

Our own impression was warmer, less angular. There was of course the quiet shock of Christchurch, more so for Justine who had never been there. And here I didn’t allow myself to take photographs – like Morrison, though for different reasons – save for this stunning remedial trompe-l'œil in Manchester Street. I’m told it’s by Mike Hewson. (When trying to locate the exact spot on Google, I discovered the Street View shots are still pre-earthquake.)

Discretion aside, taking pictures of Christchurch for the tourist is pointless because in no way it captures the experience of moving within the city – which may be why the images from Christchurch communicate little to the rest of us, until we’re actually there. When I visited last August I got lost one evening and stumbled, alone, into Cathedral Square. The giant ruined building seemed in no proportion to anywhere or anything else. Had I been inclined to take its picture, I would have simply lacked the vantage point.

It has a lot of road, the South Island of New Zealand, and a tremendous amount of sky. We hope to be back soon.


1) Carnegie Libraries erected in New Zealand

2) Yayoi Kusama’s mirrored room.


Peak Pohutukawa

by Jackson Perry & Nora Leggs

Cobbled together while taking a break on Waiheke, it seems there is some pent up need for a pohutukawa post.

You may have heard about the six Pohutukawa that are under threat to make way for a hyperspace bypass [sic], and in their honour, and just because they do seem to be particularly beautiful this year, here's a kick start for sharing your best pohutukawa shots.

We're not fussy about varieties either. Well, I'm not, as my favourite and most photographed tree in our front yard is a Kermadec.

Happy New Year.


Old Delhi

by Simon Grigg

Alan Whicker once said that you should write down everything that amazes you on the first day you arrive in a new place – because what amazes you on the first day will seem like the norm the next day. I carry a notebook everywhere I go but rarely rely on it to write down what I find amazing in my very fortunate travels. Instead I rely on my camera – currently a Canon G1X – which I don't ever leave home without.

Most of the shots here were taken in Old Delhi, a small part of the massive (17.5m) modern Delhi metropolis that looks like it hasn't changed since the Moghul emperors were enthroned just down the hill in the Red Fort. Of course the power lines and omnipresent smartphones give the lie to that, but this is still a place where rickshaws and bullock carts are primary forms of transport.

I felt unthreatened mostly (aside from being chased towards the main street by a fairly demented looking guy on all fours at one time). However I was also aware that I – unlike when I walk in most Asian countries taking photos – quite clearly did not belong there and I was a little uncomfortable as a gora pushing a lens into other's lives.

The other place I most wanted to photograph was the inside of a subway carriage at rush hour, but the pressure of several hundred in small box meant it was physically impossible to find space to get my camera, or even my phone out.



by Jackson Perry

It felt like we were overdue for a post, and when I took the time to look back at what had come before, I realised yesterday we turned three. So before we get into it, thanks once again for another year of fine imagery, thoughtful comments, and general all round support and wonderfulness.

Movement Photography.

Capturing objects in motion, with either high shutter speeds, freezing action as it happens, or slow speeds, creating movement with artistic blurs, often brings unexpected results.

We'd like you to have a go, and because it's been a long time since we had a competition on here, we'll give away a copy of this fantastic book Tell You What, edited by PA luminary Jolisa Gracewood, and Susanna Andrew at AUP, for the shot which best captures movement.

Entries close Wednesday 17th December. Prize will hopefully reach the lucky winner by Christmas.

Capture away.