Saturday, April 28, 2007

Dunedin Farmers Market

A Farmers Market is held in Dunedin every Saturday morning. Its a great place to buy organic vegetables, organic meat (which I have not seen in supermarkets here), German type bread, good Italian espresso coffee. Today there was a fellow selling beer made to German purity standards - so I got a pack of 4 bottles.

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

Glorious Flowers

Are these not the most glorious flowers?
A birthday gift from Alison.

Monday, April 23, 2007

The historical Hocken

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 I am sure there are lots of historical documents pertaining to the courts in the Hocken Library.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

Koru: new life and peace

I bought a Koru in Greymouth and I discover that the Koru is not only a symbol of new life, but also of peace. Matthew Eru Wepa creates beautiful bone carvings and writes in his book 'Symbols of the Maori World' that the Koru symbol relates to man's effort to create a situation where peace and tranquillity are the end result.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Prison Fantasy

My photography project is morphing with time.

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


We are having a burst of winter with rain, hail and gales. Autumn leaves not hanging on hard will be blown off - probably all the way to Australia.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Early autumn in Otago

Otago is crisp and clear and the autumn colours are just starting to show. This is just east of Frankton.

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

The Shotover River at Dawn

I just got back to Dunedin from Queenstown. This picture of the Shotover River was taken just after dawn this morning. Autumn colours are just starting to show. When I was there last it was high summer.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

A picture frame mask

Our art class spends a day a week on conceptual projects. About a month ago the 50 first year students were divided into groups of 4 and told that each student should bring a concept from their own personal project and integrate it into a group project. No other instruction was given. Today group projects were presented and I was amazed at the variety and inventiveness. Videos, an audioscape, wearable art and performance art. My group did a performance piece with masks. My mask was a picture frame.

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.