It was a teaching day yesterday.
I like being in a classroom with mature students, which is partly why I accepted my current post-retirement contract. Of course I have my camera with me when I go into the city to teach (and pretty much at every other time except in bed or in the bathroom). At lunch time I walked from Rutherford House (adjacent to the railway station) through Manners mall and up onto Vivian Street, along to the photographic shop near Cambridge Terrace. There, I bought a spare mounting plate for my tripod for much less than I expected.
In Courtenay Place I was in the mood to enjoy lunch in a restaurant called “Ka Pai” (translates from the Maori to “very good”). It was made better by a chance encounter with a fellow camera club member and his wife who were also having lunch there. After the food and some pleasant conversation, I completed my circuit by walking down Blair St and Chaffers St to go onto the waterfront through Waitangi Park (where the old city corporation works depot, and the Wellington City Transport bus depot were, when I first came to Wellington.
On the waterfront, behind Te Papa, I could see the deconstruction of the Overseas Passenger terminal taking place. It will soon be replaced by a much larger apartment block, though it will contain some features of Sir Michael Fowler’s original design, including the canoe-like prow at the seaward end, and the spire in the middle. I guess it will have the same relation to the original as the new BMW-built Minis have to Sir Alex Issigonis’s little pocket rocket (ie, a vaguely similar representation of the shape).
I made several images on the way round, but nothing I really want to offer here. The class concluded at 7:30 and since the electronic sign at the bus stop in Mulgrave St said the next bus to Lower Hutt was due in 15 minutes, I figured I must have missed the previous one by bare moments.
It was a still clear evening, so what else was I to do? As I said, at least one of my cameras is always with me (obsessive? Me?). The floodlit Law School (Old Government Building) was looking attractive in the evening light, so I filled in my time thus:
The sculptures in front of the pohutukawa at the right are by Ra Vincent, and are entitled “Two Pouwhenua, Wai-titi Landing”. For those who need additional orienting references, the globular light in the trees at the right is at the gateway to the grounds of Parliament. I have always found these two sculptures difficult to photograph. From many angles they are very plain, and the floodlights can wash them out.
And so another teaching day is done.