I had 2 nights without the kids - in the week - I never get this, so I decided to head up to Auckland, I wanted to visit some framers, explore a bit and take lots of photos (of course). I also got to really catch up with 3 of my best friends too - it’s different when it’s just you, no kids (or hubbies)...
I don't use my phone to find my way around places - I like to kind of know my way, learn it, remember it. But after a few dead ends and an accidental crossing of the harbour bridge, I gave in to the fact that google-maps was my friend. I do love getting a little bit lost though - it’s a great way of discovering new places!
So I wanted to capture alternative angles of some Auckland icons - so under the Auckland Harbour Bridge seemed like a good start. Northcote side was restricted but Westhaven Marina offered great views and 3 hours free parking (free parking in central Auckland - I know right?!!).
I was loving the greyness, the windy wild day - as there was kind of no one around. All rugged up with music in my ears I mozied around under the bridge and along by the marina. At one stage I decided to take my earphones out, as I realised it was probably really noisy where I was - and yup, the sound of the traffic above me was so loud, constant, I felt so small underneath this massive, strong, manmade structure - it was quite humbling.
I wanted some pics of the Sky Tower, so I headed towards the CBD, I spotted Victoria Park Market - yes, some old and new. I parked along a side street, and walked along getting close ups of old brick buildings, moss growing, ‘weathered-ness’, I could feel passersby looking at me, probably wondering why I was up so close to the walls taking photos of all the crustiness haha.
Keen for some photos right up under the skytower I headed right into downtown Auckland... the optimistic country-bumpkin in me was just expecting an easy park right beside the skytower - yeah right, haa. Then, as I waited in traffic, stuck for like 2 minutes at some lights - it occurred to me I was literally right under it and that was my free (and easy) park! So I quickly snapped a couple of pics with my big cam and my phone - that was going to be as good as it gets on my trip this time - what a lucky moment.
Friday morning’s plans included visiting a framer, a cuppa date with one of my oldest (as in time, not age!) and bestest friends, followed by one of my most fave places in Auckland - the Wintergardens. It was a perfect day for it too, stormy and cold, 4 seasons in one day actually - typical Auckland weather. There was rain, hail, sunshine, thunder and lightning.
I hung round for hours capturing what I saw, from big graphic views, looking up in these old majestic glasshouses, to the little mossy corners and puddle reflections. I had to drag myself away, as I had a big trip ahead of me to get back and pick up my girls and then head home to Raglan.
I felt inspired, rejuvenated and reconnected.
Thanks Auckland - see you again soon.
PS - the graininess in some of my pics, is a result of me using my manual settings on my digital camera - I’m retraining myself, testing settings, preparations for using my film cameras again! (exciting)
As I've mentioned before, music is a big part of my artistic journey - here is what I was listening to as I captured some of the pics below (seems I was loving the old school music!):
Under the bridge: Tiefschwarz ‘Some people’
Wintergardens: Linkin Park (in dedication, just after Chester Bennington's death) and Goldenhorse (to lift the mood!)
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All photos by Geraldine Burns, g. DESIGN ltd Copyright 2017
Taken on 20 / 21 July 2017