Saturday, April 28, 2007
This piper was piping for pennies - I had not seen him there before. He sounded just like the piper in Frome.
Friday, April 27, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
We are back at school today after a 2 weeks break, beavering away in the photo lab.
The Hocken Library is a specialist research library which collects items of historical and cultural interest to New Zealand. This photo is a montage - the arches are from the courthouse. I am sure there are lots of historical documents pertaining to the courts in the Hocken Library.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
First I decided to photograph house doors and make a social commentary on Dunedin with door photos.
But Dunedin has some very fine public buildings and as I viewed them through the lens I decided to concentrate on public buildings instead.
Then I discovered that the building opposite the station, a lovely old building in red brick built in 1896, was the Dunedin Prison so I decided to concentrate on that. It has had a varied history - from women's prison to remand centre to male prison and as far as I can tell it still houses nearly 60 medium term prisoners. Not for long though, as a new prison is being built south of Dunedin.
Then we had a lecture on photo manipulation, and my photos are morphing still.
Here is one of my products. This one is called 'Prison Fantasy'. If you can guess what you see through the door, add a comment and I will let you know if you are right.
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
This picture of the Remarkables with cloud hanging over them was drawn from the Cafe at Frankton near Queenstown.The Shotover River. Gravel has been excavated from the river bed leaving pools with steep banks . In the distance is the old bridge across the river, rebuilt recently as a walking track.
Monday, April 09, 2007
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Now we have Easter and time to put into our individual projects. I am in the photography lab and have decided to work on photos of Dunedin buildings, one of the city's assets. Dunedin railway station is the most photographed building in NZ. Opposite it is the less showy Dunedin Prison.
I have decided to manipulate my prints to make a social commentary. This course has made me realise that social commentary/activism inspires me.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Dunedin is a real surprise. I thought I would be hankering after the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the opera (well I am – it would be wonderful to have the ACO here) but I find there are lots of musical offering in Dunedin and it is all so accessible.
I have just seen the NZ Symphony Orchestra and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. My ‘student’ seat was almost under the seats of the orchestra, but the advantage of seats like that is that you can see everything that happens and more.
The Town Hall was packed, even the upper-upper level, and Kiri got a great response. People are proud of her. She sang Mozart and Strauss and joined the NZSO under conductor Lawrence Renes to sing the end of Mahler's Symphony No 4 in G Major.
It must be a change touring with the NZSO after a career such as hers. Good on her, I say.