March 24, 2015 … out of my element

Bohemian is such an old-fashioned word.

People's Palace

Part of the cheap accommodation that the Salvation Army used to run. The original building had a surprisingly sympathetic top floor addition 99 years later

Somehow it sill seems to capture the character of Wellington’s Cuba Quarter. I had been in the city to return a camera to the vendor after a series of unresolved problems. Since I was close to Cuba Street, I went walking with my trusty, if battle-weary, Canon. I like the architecture in this part of town, or most of it, anyway.


Espressoholic used to be on Courtenay Place, but re-established in Cuba street some years ago.

Sometimes, the interest lies not in the architecture itself, but in what the occupants have done with it. Espressoholic is a well known coffee shop in the city, but its building is unremarkable except for the spray-can work.


A tidy restoration with assorted tenants

A little further down road, a more deliberate restoration job makes this old building quite attractive.

Old building

This old building has a roller door behind which is a large plate-glass swinging door. Hmm.

Around the corner, a tiny side-street of Dixon street houses a quirky old building which the well-dressed occupant assured me was 110 years old. I have no clue what kind of business is conducted from there, but I had the sense that I was unlikely to have been a patron.

Bye for now.


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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