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Capture: Christchurch: Last One Standing

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  • Kebabette,

    I'm stoked to see Adrienne's work here - her words & photography capture something deep about what's happening in Christchurch - evolution, devolution, hope and decay.

    Christchurch • Since Feb 2007 • 214 posts Report Reply

  • Kebabette,

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    Spotting old signage - this was in the popup Re:Start mall. Gone again now, covered by paint.

    Christchurch • Since Feb 2007 • 214 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Kebabette,

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    I found the small sights the most affecting in the Red Zone; odd juxtapositions like that old shop sign being briefly revealed. And also the above, which those who've seen When A City Falls will recognise.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22227 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Kebabette,

    Christchurch - evolution, devolution, hope and decay.

    Thanks Kebabette. I was poised to write the first comment, but so glad you got in first. Your words express what I hope will be conveyed by both Adrienne's images, and if willing, those submitted by others.

    Capture away.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2434 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Brilliant. Thank you Adrienne.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19413 posts Report Reply

  • Christopher Dempsey,

    These photos (and others) of Chch is great, but it did make me wonder.

    Is there someone or an organisation that is pushing to ensure that the 'old' is not completely swept away - I mean in terms of the small things - doors, shop frontage fittings, old signs, etc. All these things incorporated into any new development will act as a memory 'sink' around which people will remember, and more importanly, these physical reminders of what was previous will act as a slient warning to the future generations - something else stood here once.

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 659 posts Report Reply

  • Moata T, in reply to Kebabette,

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    Agreed. I like that Adrienne posts pics on Twitter…things that she sees when she’s out and about.

    My contribution is alphabetical. E is for Earthquake. The last standing remnant of the Convent of the Sacred Name on Barbadoes St at dusk. By the next day it was gone.

    Christchurch • Since Aug 2011 • 10 posts Report Reply

  • Cheryl Bernstein,

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    The damage to everyday life is what has affected me most strongly. Christchurch has always been an uncanny, hauntological kind of place, but the earthquakes have rendered the familiar increasingly strange. Here's an image of a classroom block at Heaton Intermediate School, near where we live. The lateral spread of the ground has stretched the building beyond endurance.

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 7 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Christopher Dempsey,

    Is there someone or an organisation that is pushing to ensure that the 'old' is not completely swept away - I mean in terms of the small things - doors, shop frontage fittings, old signs, etc.

    The demo companies are pulling some of that stuff for resale, aren't they? But overall the all too reasonable cardigan-wearers in heritage organisations are no match for the sanctioned venality of Brownlee and the corporate interests who'd rather see a scorched earth cbd to build profitable tilt-slabs on. He's been honest about that from the outset - and his govt is still in the drivers seat.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19413 posts Report Reply

  • Christopher Dempsey, in reply to Sacha,

    To be honest, I don't think Labour would necessarily be any better at understanding that a society needs to have remains of the old weaved into the new.

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 659 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

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    My street, Feb 23rd, the morning after. The afternoon of the 22nd the street was full of water, but it had drained away overnight.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3884 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Christopher Dempsey,

    Can't see how they'd be as corporate-friendly and authoritarian as the current lot. But hey, the voters have spoken (or stayed at home). Flat earth beckons.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19413 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

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    In the days following, our hole became locally famous, and lots of people came and took pictures of it.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3884 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Lilith __,

    is that Edgeware?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19413 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood,

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    Not one of my quake photos, but I took this one of fog on the Avon on a visit a while ago.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1441 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

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    There were many techniques for shovelling the silt. This was the cutest!

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3884 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Sacha,

    Woolston.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3884 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

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    Feb 24th, the firefighters were not at home. Note the empty deckchair. We tried not to think about what they would be doing, in the CBD. Our neighbourhood was so quiet.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3884 posts Report Reply

  • Alex Efimoff,

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    The Christchurch Catholic Cathedral: 8 month after the earthquake.
    I have done a whole series of black and white as well as colour photos about Christchurch after the disaster.

    Wellington • Since Dec 2011 • 56 posts Report Reply

  • Alex Efimoff,

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    Fabric shop on the corner of Madras and Lichfield st.

    Wellington • Since Dec 2011 • 56 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Alex Efimoff,

    That is excellent. "Catholic has moved".No shit Sherlock. The sky says it all.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

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    The basilica in happier times, pre-quake. Another wild Canterbury sky. :-)

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3884 posts Report Reply

  • Alex Efimoff,

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    Central Christchurch...

    Wellington • Since Dec 2011 • 56 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Alex Efimoff,

    Orienteering help for out-of-towners...

    Central Christchurch

    Cashel Street, above Madras St looking west in fact - that's Bedford Row to the left of the photo (next to the new IRD building) CTV was to the right and the Grand Chancellor is the distant high point (now much more skeletal looking) ...
    Great photos Alex.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7480 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Alex Efimoff,

    I have done a whole series of black and white as well as colour photos about Christchurch after the disaster.

    Great photos Alex.

    +1
    If you are willing to keep sharing, please do so. They are excellent.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2434 posts Report Reply

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