This is a short photographic tribute to Christchurch New Zealand following on the devastating earthquake on Tuesday 22nd February 2011. I am a Kiwi living in Melbourne Australia and I will never forget the great country which I love and lived in. We have friends and close colleagues in Christchurch and feel strongly for them and their damaged city. I have been fortunate to visit Christchurch regularly, I made a visit in August 2010, prior to the last big quake, shortly after that in November. I was scheduled to land in Christchurch on Wednesday 23rd October and have dinner with friends in a restaurant in Papanui Rd, where many of the old buildings have now been damaged extensively.
Over the years I have taken many photographs and created my own images of the iconic scenes in Christchurch, Lyttleton (where the epicentre of the quake was), and Akaroa. Click on any image to see a larger version. The full size images have been printed on archival camvas up to dimensions over 1.5 metre diagonal.
Here is an image of Cathedral Square at night
Another playful variation of this scene is Y2K Bug which you can open in a new tab http://barneymeyer.com/the-y2k-bug/
You can take a virtual tour of this scene, captured in 2006:
And here is a self-portrait inside the Observatory stairwell at the Arts Centre
The Arts Centre was damaged but is under repair.
Take a virtual tour of the iconic Sol Square at night, a place that used to be filled with restaurants and bars.
The building on the left was damaged in the first quake and cordoned off, subsequently these buildings in the iconic laneways comprising Sol Square have been demolished due to irreparable damage.
The restaurant is seen peeking out in the laneway.
Here is a panorama of the iconic ANZ Chambers as it was:
Take a virtual tour of this scene prior to the destruction:
One of the online gallery images of this scene from the Hawkes Bay Today was available online but has now disappeared like all old news. The entire facade is gone, the magnificent dome lies upside down on the street like a cap that has been tossed off.
Destruction on this corner of Lichfield/ Manchester and High St can be seen in high resolution BBC photographs at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12533722
Excelsior Backpackers is the building on the corner of High and Manchester. ANZ Bank Chambers is on the corner of High and Lichfield, you can see the dome in this Google Earth photograph.
This news website published incredible images of before and after scenes taken from approximately the same location.
One of my favourite sites in Christchurch is a building which has been standing since the 1800's, the CanterBury Saleyards building in Deans Ave Riccarton. http://barneymeyer.com/the-canterbury-saleyards-co-ltd/
The title comes from the rather wry comment written on the wall:
“My mother told me to go to school, but did I listen? Hell No!”
And maybe these next images are fitting for the times that we are in:
Completely alone on this earth, I stand on the ground, surrounded by the detritus of civilisation.
The sky above boils from the aftermath of a nuclear explosion.
I look up as pre-historic birds fly over searching for prey.
Life starts again…..
The federal Government has approved donations to assist our Kiwi brothers and sisters, you may donate at: http://www.salvationarmy.org.au/christchurch-earthquake.html
For every image sold through this site (any image on the site created by me), I will donate 35% of the proceeds to assist our Kiwi brothers and sisters.
$1000 donated so far. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
TO BE COMPLETED…