Why I awoke early is a mystery.
When I pulled the curtains, however, I had to grab my camera quickly. As it was, I almost missed it because in the time it took me to get downstairs and back again, the sun had popped up over the horizon. As a consequence the photo is plagued with a lot of flare. What I wanted to capture was the cloud formation. The hooked streaks reminded me of an abstract painting called Maheno by New Zealand artist, Gordon Walters.
Later in the day, Mary and I went to see the superb movie, “Salt of the Earth” which documents the photographic career of the amazing Sebastiao Salgado. If you have an interest in photography, photojournalism, and the great social catastrophes of the last four decades, do not miss this. It is not a cheerful movie but it ends on an optimistic note Click on the link to see the trailer. By the time the movie ended, the day was running out of light, so I went up to Kelburn and found a nice viewpoint from which to see the city from different angles.
Golden light is, I suppose, a cliché but it was such a joy to be making pictures of the city in these conditions. As Salgado remarked during the movie, you can show the same scene to different photographers because they see it differently, each according to his or her own personal history. I hope you like my visions of Wellington.
This particular vantage point offers sweeping views of the city and the harbour, but I resisted the urge to compress it into a single panorama. Each aspect is worthy of of consideration in its own right.
And so my day ended.
*”Kansas City” from Oklahoma by Rogers and Hammerstein