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Capture: Christchurch: Last One Standing

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  • Robyn Gallagher,

    Those are some great photos, Adrienne. My favourite - the Sumner Croquet Club. An elegant green rudely covered in giant boulders and rubble, as if it's quietly waiting for someone to come along and tidy things up.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1843 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

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    orphaned oasis...

    The damage to everyday life is what has affected me most strongly.

    Houseless backyard, Fitzgerald Ave...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4555 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

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    a grave concern...
    Awaiting the epitaph righters -
    Cemetery, Reserve Tce, Lyttelton...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4555 posts Report Reply

  • Kebabette,

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    Ophelia road cones are a common sight

    Christchurch • Since Feb 2007 • 183 posts Report Reply

  • Kebabette,

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    demolition site detritus

    Christchurch • Since Feb 2007 • 183 posts Report Reply

  • Kebabette,

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    Old CCC offices - the endless fascination of windows, some with sad old flapping curtains leaping out the window (see the Crowne Plaza etc)

    Christchurch • Since Feb 2007 • 183 posts Report Reply

  • Alex Efimoff,

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    The date on the newspaper says: Tuesday, February 22 2011

    Wellington • Since Dec 2011 • 56 posts Report Reply

  • Alex Efimoff,

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    Christchurch CBD from above

    Wellington • Since Dec 2011 • 56 posts Report Reply

  • Adrienne Rewi, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    Thanks Robyn. The croquet green shot at Sumner is one of my favourites too. For me it somehow captures the enormity of this whole earthquake business - the croquet green a quiet, unhurried, peaceful metaphor for the city prior to September 4, 2010, suddenly brutalised by falling buildings, crashing rocks and collapsing hillsides.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 20 posts Report Reply

  • Isabel Hitchings,

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    Victoria Square - overgrown and tattered has a sad beauty to it.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 702 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Kebabette,

    Ophelia road cones

    Ah, the perfect description :-) And great pics, everybody.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3410 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Kebabette,

    Old CCC offices – the endless fascination of windows, some with sad old flapping curtains leaping out the window

    I found that building unnerving, for precisely that reason.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18512 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Isabel Hitchings,

    Those lanterns shred my heart; all set for the Chinese New Year festival. I went to the previous festival the night my partner left for Haiti to work on their earthquake aftermath; we had no idea. Today a person who has had a very rough time said to me: "We couldn't ever have imagined this happening to Christchurch." The disbelief is still there for me too some days, even having seen the devastation and lived through it all and got used to the daily impact.

    @Adrienne Rewi, Alex Efimoff: Wonderful pix. Those spectral skies of February 22 stay with me; their malevolent dirtiness. I'm thankful for people like you who have recorded it all; I can't bring out my camera.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2552 posts Report Reply

  • Alex Efimoff,

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    Revival of Christchurch

    Wellington • Since Dec 2011 • 56 posts Report Reply

  • Alex Efimoff,

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    Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Avonside

    Wellington • Since Dec 2011 • 56 posts Report Reply

  • Jo Eggers, in reply to Kebabette,

    Wow I used to work at CCC and it is kind of strange to see the building looking like that.

    Thank you all for posting these photos - it has been 13 years since I left Chch but it still has a spot in my heart - living somewhere for 10 years will do that to you. Seeing how it looks now is disconcerting and somehow unreal. Streets that I knew so well, are now strangers to me. I must come back and reacquaint myself with the city it is becoming. Until then these photos are haunting glimpses.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 8 posts Report Reply

  • Alex Efimoff,

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    Merivale Church, Papanui Rd

    Wellington • Since Dec 2011 • 56 posts Report Reply

  • Alex Efimoff,

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    Knox Presbyterian Church
    corner Bealey ave and Victoria st

    Wellington • Since Dec 2011 • 56 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Alex Efimoff,

    Revival of Christchurch

    It was nice to see that.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18512 posts Report Reply

  • Brent Jackson, in reply to Alex Efimoff,

    I love the photo of plaintive "City Centre" sign - it says so much so simply. Thank you Alex.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 383 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Grevers,

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    Is a photograph of a painting cheating? The Repertory Theatre as it was - a painting presented to me on my departure in 2003.

    New Plymouth • Since Jul 2011 • 121 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Alex Efimoff,

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    Revival of Christchurch

    Great collection Alex. I note that sky in the "Revival" shot still says a lot to me. Almost like it's fighting to smooth the way. Touch of blue but still angry. Containers really are coming into their own in this country. From jails to ship aground to buildings. We use them ourselves, got 2 in fact. Sorry to pic jack but, although not Chch, it is one of our containers.:)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 5920 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    although not Chch, it is one of our containers.

    Nice... trees?

    No apologies please. It's all about the continuing dialogue. I would hate you to feel a sense of containment.
    ;-)

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2104 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to JacksonP,

    Nice… trees?

    That Rimu has become my most important tree on the land. The main building will be in sympathy of it. I envisage being able to touch it's branches from the deck, and I have convinced other half of this also, which is kinda important as he will build my dream. :)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 5920 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    Ooooo great news: Chch is getting a (temporary) central library! Containing stock rescued from the old building.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3410 posts Report Reply

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