Auckland Scenic Collection
Mt Eden Crater
Thursday 20 November 2008
This view, looking across Devonport houses towards Rangitoto Island, is from Mount Victoria in Devonport. Often pictures of Rangitoto Island tend to show it in isolation, and with no idea of scale. Here the foreground houses really make you realise the grand breadth of the volcanic island. I was also captivated by the larger tree in the lower right corner, and determined to include it in the composition.
Wednesday 6 November 1996
Auckland's One Tree Hill has been a significant landmark for over a hundred years and also a target of Maori protesters. In 1994 the tree was damaged but survived. I believe the supporting harness and ropes in my picture date from that attack. I chose a panoramic format to include the monument, tree and associated ropes and waited until the clouds were pleasing. Fast forward a few years to 1999, when another attack on the tree meant its end had come. I got out my negative for this picture, and had a think how I could turn it into a surrealist representation of when the tree was in place. This is a very different fine art photograph from my usual. Here the goal was not to produce a realistic looking photograph but rather a ghost of what had been there before.
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