Some shots of the earthquake affected Christchurch Cathedral. This is almost 5 years since the quake hit and it is still considered too dangerous to go in…
Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner
So I managed to finish off a roll of film last night but haven’t had a chance to develop it yet so its another one of my favourites from a few years ago.
This was taken in Kaikoura in the South Island and is all that is left of a old customs building… This was on a borrowed 6×6 camera that was only worth about $30NZ
This is part of the observation post above the disappearing gun…
This was straight after we had come down from Kau point… Fergus and I were already pretty tired from climbing up cliffs and down into underground passages but decided to go to Fort Balance which was just round the next point. We have been there before but not for a couple of years. We drove round to where the gully was and parked the car and then proceeded to follow the track up the hill… Unfortunately it was the wrong track and we ended up climbing through bracken for 45 minutes before coming out way too high up and being blocked going down by a large and vertical cliff. Luckily the was an unmarked radar station of some sort which had a road up to it that we could go down to the fort.
When we got there there was a couple of people taking photos there already and I think we gave them a bit of a fright since technically it is still military land and it probably didn’t help that I was wearing khaki cargo pants that were a bit military looking 🙂
Anyway as it turned out the light was pretty much at its best just as we got there even if we were a bit worn out…
Constructed in 1891 to support Wellington’s main coastal defense site at Fort Ballance, the Kau Point Battery is a rare remaining example of an unmodified battery constructed to protect New Zealand from attack after the second Russian scare of 1885.
During the first World War, Fort Dorset became Wellington’s main bastion of defense against attack. Despite this, Fort Ballance and its supporting batteries remained operational throughout the War. In 1922 the gun at Kau Point was decommissioned and removed. The site was then used solely as an ammunition store, and from 1942 served the new emplacement at Mount Crawford Anti Aircraft Battery on the next promontory of the peninsula. The fort fell into disuse after the Second World War and, now surplus to army requirements, is not maintained. (http://www.historic.org.nz/TheRegister/RegisterSearch/RegisterResults.aspx?RID=7542)
I have been looking for this one for a while as its the last fortification in the Wellington region that I haven’t been to… Lets just say that it didn’t let me down.
The entrance (not the best photo but have still got to develop the other films) is a small hole just behind the pit where the disappearing gun sat is the only entrance but after you have slid down it opens out to full height tunnels and rooms.
The still glowing glow-stick meant that someone had been there in the not to distant past and it certainly had an eerie feeling especially the side room that had obviously had a fire and then been written all over…
All shots were taken with a tripod and a 10W torch 🙂
An old partially burned out house in Tapanui… Dont think it is there anymore.
Ruins of an old gold mining town in Central Otago, New Zealand
One of the things I find increasingly funny in the photography world today is the large proliferation of people who have expensive DSLR’s who spend large amounts of time in Photoshop making their images look like it was shot on a cheap Lomo type of film camera with a plastic lens. You know who you are!
BUY A LOMO AND SHOOT SOME FILM!