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Capture: Christchurch: Last One Standing

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  • Kebabette,

    You rule Lilith_ I'm the editor of the Christchurch City Libraries website - have just been posting that all over our website and Twitter etc and here you are spreading the word to the PA peeps. Love it! Go the PA!

    Christchurch • Since Feb 2007 • 187 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart, in reply to Kebabette,

    I dunno which one of yous rules more. The libraries website is brilliant. And my daughter will be SO happy. She was just staring mournfully through the fence at the old Central Library on Sunday.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4355 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Kebabette,

    I'm the editor of the Christchurch City Libraries website

    Is that right? My great-grandparents are still up there as the poster family pic on the NZ Family History page. Before my Mum passed on last year I was able to identify who was who, including my granny at the left of the photo. Perhaps it'll get put up there one of these days.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3458 posts Report Reply

  • Alex Efimoff,

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    Thanks everyone for your comment on my photos. I really appreciate it.

    Local Christchurch library :)

    Wellington • Since Dec 2011 • 56 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Kebabette,

    Aw. Back atcha, Kebabette!! Your FB feed is great too. :-)

    Was delighted to be introduced the other day (via that feed) to the Inky Fool blog.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3440 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Alex Efimoff,

    Great pix again, Alex. Care to talk about the equipment you're using? Some wickedly wide angles in some of them!

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3440 posts Report Reply

  • Alex Efimoff, in reply to Lilith __,

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    Hi Lilith__,
    I am using an ultra wide angle lens Sigma 8-16 mm and one prime 50 mm lens with Canon EOS 7D and EOS 20D DSLR cameras. As you can see nothing special in my equipment. :)

    Wellington • Since Dec 2011 • 56 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW, in reply to Alex Efimoff,

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    Christchurch CBD from above?
    Saw it from much further above, 20 November from 737 en route Wellington to Dunedin. I've been ambivalent about visiting Chch, cycled it much in the 1970s, don't want to slip through for superficial impressions, haven't yet found good cause for a full immersion. So this distant encounter with the CBD when skipping over it a surprise, and surprisingly moving through the power of a good zoom lens and clear window - that already the buildings stand isolated amid the broad bare expanses demolished, yet so much more to come down.

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 833 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Alex Efimoff,

    Oh nice.; I haven't seen anything like this take on Clifton and containers before. Original and cool the way the containers almost look like flags or a modern-art coloured line. And the rock strata across the cliff-face are really interesting.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2602 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace, in reply to Richard Grevers,

    Thank you for that photo of what was once the Radiant Hall. Built, I think, by Christchurch benefactor Thomas Edmonds. It was the venue for visiting speakers in the 1930s including those who founded the School of Radiant Living, mentioned earlier in the colour thread, who advocated eating colourful food and wearing colourful clothes. Appropriate that it was also colourful.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2075 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to ChrisW,

    already the buildings stand isolated amid the broad bare expanses demolished

    smudged flat

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16614 posts Report Reply

  • Kebabette,

    Kia ora and thanks library lovers Lilith, Emma (and daughter), and Hilary. And Joe! That's brilliant, it's a beautiful family picture. If you want us to add more names to the metadata you can email us at library@ccc.govt.nz

    Christchurch • Since Feb 2007 • 187 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Kebabette,

    And Joe! That’s brilliant, it’s a beautiful family picture. If you want us to add more names to the metadata you can email us at

    Thanks Kebabette. I was naturally interested to know where the picture had come from, but all the Library was able to tell me was that it had been copied from an unknown private collection. They were most encouraging about my sending more info, plus a couple of related photos, so I promptly did so. And I never heard back, nothing.

    That was back in August 2010, about three weeks before the first seismic event. I just hope everyone’s OK.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3458 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart, in reply to Alex Efimoff,

    Is that the remnants of Shag Rock on the right side of the photo, or something else? The loss/change of natural features like that is one of the things I find hardest to grasp; buildings are demolished, from time to time, the landscape remains...except when it doesn't.

    Amherst, MA • Since Nov 2006 • 2093 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    the School of Radiant Living

    I didn't know about this; sounds like another fine Christchurch weirdness. Under the city's navy-blue exterior beats a rainbow-coloured heart eh?

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2602 posts Report Reply

  • Kimberley,

    Thanks for your pics Adrienne, and those in the comments are wonderful too. I interviewed Jane Bowron about her book for the Dominion Post, and she said people really struggled to put into words what the 'red zone' is like. She called it a hurt howling core. I haven't been in there, only sifted around the barriers trying to orient myself. I don't have words for it, but I think the picture of the mannequins behind a wire fence and the one of the sign reading central city next to an empty lot, are as close as I can get. Perhaps 'haunted' without its connotations of cheap Sunday horrors.

    Wellington • Since Mar 2011 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • Kimberley, in reply to Alex Efimoff,

    Thanks for these pictures Alex, they are excellent. I often have trouble remembering what was on which street corner. Though I lived in Chch nearly 20 years ago, so have forgotten most of what was where anyway

    Wellington • Since Mar 2011 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

    In breaking news…

    Adrienne’s Christchurch: Last One Standing blog post has won the PEAD PR press award, along with Jane Bowron, mentioned above.

    Congratulations Adrienne and Jane.

    We’re stoked. Just quietly.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2135 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

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    21 of February 2012. The start of the memorial on the site of The Oxford Terrace Baptist Church. This baby carrier is part of 185 chairs , representing the souls lost in the earthquake. Baby Baxter Gowland only five month old one of the first to be buried.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 890 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

    Thanks Gudrun

    I thought you would be out and about already, so just decided to take the liberty of re-posting it myself. Luckily you beat me to it.

    For Capture followers, we hope to have a new post on the memorial services at some future stage, but in the mean time, if you haven't already, I recommend a revisit of Adrienne's post above, and also her recently published Herald article.

    And it is compulsory that you read the posts by Emma and David. Which I'm sure you already have.

    Arohanui Christchurch.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2135 posts Report Reply

  • Sara Bee, in reply to Gudrun Gisela,

    Lovely to see that Gudrun. Did you see the Oklahoma Chairs Memorial on Billy Connolly's Route 66 programme the other week?

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 58 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    Congrats, Adrienne. Wonderful, wonderful news.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

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