It’s been a while since I last posted on the blog and I do apologize for that. I know in the last post I said I would try to keep you all informed on what was happening as we travelled, unfortunately things didn’t go as well as I hoped for. After arriving in London and having been there for three days, I got the news that my mother had suddenly taken ill and was in intensive care in Wellington Hospital. From that point on everything went into overdrive mode to get the first available flights back home, but before we managed to do so and within hours of getting the initial phone call, we got the second call to say she had past away. Read more
Recently our local newspaper, the Kapi Mana News had written an article for the annual photographic competition that is run by the Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet. It’s an open competition for all keen photographers. There were four categories: human impact, recreation, scenic impressions and nature. The images had to be taken of and within the Pauatahanui inlet, and taken anytime over the last twelve months.
After reading the article I thought why not have a go. The only thing was, even though I had photographed various parts of the inlet in the past, I didn’t have any shots that meet the conditions of the competition, that being within the last year. But being keen I decided to set a half day aside to see what I could find.
I always treat photo competitions as more of a challenge than a competition. I like to test myself and open my mind to the things that are happening around me. Trying to capture those moments as they develop before me. I was pretty happy with what I had shot that day, so I sent in my entries and waited to see if anything would come from them.
Well just the other day I received a call from one of the competition organizers to inform me that I was placed 2nd and third in the recreation section. I’m pretty chuffed with that. These are the placed entries:
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[box] Second Place: Buggy Buddies Third Place: Afternoon Walk[/box]
We added a new member to your family almost a year ago in June. That was Sky, an energetic and mischievous little boxer dog.
As we all known dogs need to be walked a lot and that duty seems to have become mine. There is one place Sky really loves to go too for her walks and that requires getting in the car and taking a ten minute drive. We have done it so often now that all I have to say is “want to go to the beach” and she bouncing around the place and heading for the car. Read more
Over the last four or five years there has been a group of medieval and jousting enthusiasts who have got together to put on a display of medieval costume, warfare and jousting competitions. I believe it has become so popular that now they travel the country. I had seen it advertised over the years and have always been keen to get alone to one, but as it was, I have always had some other commitment on those dates. This year was different. My calendar was free that particular weekend and I had nothing better to do, so I penciled it in. Read more
Once or twice a week I travel from Tawa to the suburb of Johnsonville, via the main highway. On the odd occasion, I have taken the old route via Middleton Road and about one third of the way into the drive there’s this old house that has always fascinated me. It’s very run down, but has heaps of character. The house is set back from the road and nestled into the hillside separated by a stream and the main trunk railway line. Every now and then whilst passing, I would see the old man who lived there sitting, sunning himself on the veranda, and thought, I would love to photograph this old man and his home.?
Some time ago I was talking with friends and they told me about how they had just found out that they were related to the old man through ones brother, Gary, who is also a friend of mine and that the old mans name was Max. As it was, Gary was related to Max through his previous marriage and Max was in need of care. So Gary took it on himself to visit Max’s regularly to check on him and do things for him.
About a year later I passed the old house again and once more got the desire to photograph it. Knowing Gary, I saw this as a great opportunity to approach Max and ask him if he wouldn’t mind me coming over and photographing him and the house. Gary new Max pretty well by then, so I asked if he would take me there. He thought it would be best if he asked on my behalf as Max was not to assured on certain things. Unfortunately Max was not keen.
Max hadn’t live in the house for a number of years as his health had deteriorated and he was in need of twenty four hour care. Sadly in February this year Max past away.
Gary took me to the old house to photograph it and even though Max didn’t want to be photographed, you get a sense of him still being there.
This photo series can be viewed in My Gallery Page.
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