The Beauty of Perth’s Worst

05/08/2011 at 6:00 pm

The Worst of Perth

Ladies and gentlemen, something wonderful has happened: I have found a friend somebody similarly twisted and mean! (Actually, considerably more twisted and mean, but who am I to be picky.)

Since 2007, an individual disguised as “Lazy Aussie” runs a site devoted to the mockery of Australia’s Perth and its – more or less global – surroundings: The Worst of Perth.

A, quote, “showcase of the worst examples of architecture, design, culture and humanity in Perth Western Australia.” Ladies and gentlemen, this is the start of a new movement: the network of the birds fouling their own nests, or, like Germans would say, das “Nestbeschmutzer Netzwerk”. Welcome to the…

Nestbeschmutzer Network Logo

The Beauty of Sudden Star Times Fame!

31/07/2011 at 1:37 pm

Sunday Star Times article preview

Hello and welcome to all the new visitors that found to us via the lovely Sunday Star Times article “New Zealand das beautiful?” by the fantabulous Grant Smithies.

Usually I am misunderstood, misinterpreted, misquoted and generally misanthropic. But Grant truly captured the idea and motivations behind this project. Thanks a lot for this… I really mean it!

Oh, and please don’t forget to send Grant Smithies (or me) photos for our collection! Our eternal gratitude and perhaps a couple of broken windows will be your rewards.

Facebook?!? Are you kidding me?

22/07/2011 at 9:14 pm


I know, I know… the hipsters are all on Google+ now. Anyway, for you oldtimers and slowly moving folks – also known as New Zealanders, har, har – here’s your link to top-notch social networking, 2008 style!

The Beauty of Birthdays

22/01/2011 at 12:52 pm

Happy Birthday - exfordy

A happy second birthday to you, Ugly New Zealand, from your fanclub fanbase readers reader… and me!

Photo Creative Commons (Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic) 2010 exfordy. Original here.

The Beauty of Landscape Photography

28/01/2009 at 5:12 am

Dunedin Student Flats - Ralf

Dunedin student flats: 165$ per week and not even free internet.

The Dunedin Photographic Society (est. 1890) casts in its last year’s call for entries some (flash)light on the tricky question of proper landscape photography. Which is, in a twisted way, one of the main goals of the ‘Ugly New Zealand’ project. The incredibly sweet and refreshingly modernism-free section guidelines state:

Natural History

Natural History depicts non-captive untamed animals, uncultivated plants in their natural habitat, geology and natural phenomena not produced by man. The accurate recording of the subject and the natural environment is the prime factor. Evidence of man and manipulation of the natural environment is undesirable and should be avoided. Digital images MUST maintain a faithful representation of the original captured image. Any enhancement, electronic or otherwise, must respect the structural and scientific integrity of the subject and the actual environment of which it is a part. Entries for this section will use Scientific, common names or interpretive/descriptive titles.

One could argue that ‘not produced by man’ excludes approximately 95% of New Zealand (and 98 of the rest of the world, assuming you don’t seek your satisfaction in taking shots of clouds or the sea. And the use of ‘faithful’ and ‘must respect’ is just touching.

However, it’s spot-on in terms of this blog’s main question: how would Ugly New Zealand landscape photography look like? Any suggestions, perhaps even with photo evidence?

(Thanks to Holger Regenbrecht for the info and link.)

Welcome to Ugly New Zealand, …

22/01/2009 at 5:47 am

… the blog with New Zealand photos that others would delete immediately. Our mission is to collect the ugliest, most boring, most appalling and plainly dull landscape photography possible. A few urban shots will also be in the mix. Everything goes, as long as it is really, really, really ugly. Please feel heartily invited to write me a mail if you think you have photos that qualify. Ralf Hebecker (