It all started on the road between Bulls and Whanganui.
There, more than anywhere else, I have been aware of the attraction of contrasting colours and textures. Readers who have been with me since the days of the original WYSIWYG News and its purple prose may recall that my late parents were living in Whanganui. After visiting them or Mary’s parents in Waverly, I wrote often of that undulating stretch of road and the visual pleasure it gave me. A ploughed field of dark earth, a soft green billiard table surface of newly sprouted grass, a golden expanse of hay ready to harvest, or the mottled texture of burnt over maize stubble, each gives visual counterpoint to the adjacent texture.
Yesterday got busy. We went to the airport to say goodbye to our daughter Catherine, and our son-in-law Mark, flying back to their home in Melbourne. In the afternoon, Mary and I went to the movies (Philomena, Judi Dench, recommended). Then it was dinner time, and I was turned loose to seek an image or two. Coming back from the movies, I had spotted a wall, the texture and patterns of which intrigued me, so I went back to the grounds of Weltec (once the Petone Polytech). It must have look odd to passers-by, a photographer in a large empty carpark with a tripod-mounted camera pointed at an apparently blank wall.
The idea wouldn’t go away, so I went looking for more. My expectation was that the industrial precinct around Gracefield would yield the greatest opportunities for visual contrast. I am not sure that I have achieved what I went for but it’s a start.
A row of silos constructed of corrugated steel, contrasting paint (as long as there is some underlying texture), all seemed like opportunities.
Just to add nature back into the day’s output, here is a view from Gracefield towards Matiu/Somes Island and the city beyond. It’s an ordinary view to which the late sun adds interest by providing “crepuscular” rays. It’s a weird word describing apparently radiating rays … it derives from the latin word crepusculum which means twilight. Apparently dawn and twilight are when the phenomenon most often occurs.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the textures.
* There was a Thames Television sitcom of this name back in the late sixties.