March 22, 2015 … about as high as a buildin’ orta grow*

Why I awoke early is a mystery.


Sunrise and some clouds from my bedroom window

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.

St Peter's Church

Looking down from Kelburn to St Peter’s Church on Willis Street

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.


Across the central city to Mt Victoria. That’s Ghuznee Street on the right

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.


The view North over the government precinct and the harbour to the Hutt Valley beyond. The two buildings in the centre are the highest in the city

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



About wysiwygpurple

I am a family man, a passionate amateur photographer and a retired academic . What's the purpose of this blog? Well in the first instance it provides me with a platform from which to resume writing, an activity I greatly enjoy. What will the blog be about? Anything that takes my fancy but it is likely to arise from things I see and experience, in my family, in my travels, or anything else I feel like. Each daily post will contain one or more images made the previous day. Sometimes the image will illustrate the points made in the prose, and sometimes the prose will attempt to interpret the image. What kind of images will they be? Always safe for work and family. Usually they will be representational, and sometimes they will be impressionistic or experimental.
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