The Beauty of White Island

19/01/2011 at 11:39 pm

White Island - vtveen

Another guest post by the titillating Alex Gilks:

No, not the a snapshot of a Hutt Valley industrial estate – this is White Island, the site of NZ’s first full-scale World War II bombed buildings diorama. Weta Workshops tested many natural pigments before settling on the exact hue for mustard gas residue.

Google Maps Location.

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

The Beauty of Rugby. Player Sculptures. Made of Concrete.

18/01/2011 at 3:00 pm

Rugby Player Sculpture - Sids1

From the New Zealand Field Guide to Creating Regional Art:

“Outdoor sculpture may feature buxome, ovoid images of nature and fertility and sex; or monumental images of men playing sport, or riding horses, or standing around looking angry. But take care if combining these two incongruous styles. They may spawn uncomfortable results.”

Guest comment by the one and only Alex Gilks.

Exact Google Maps Location in Kaitaia, anybody?

Photo Creative Commons (Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic) 2010 Sids1. Original here.

The Beauty of Junctions

15/01/2011 at 9:04 am

Junction, The Harley and the Austin - dcysurfer (Dave Young)

Haha, and you thought: “Oh, look at the cute Oldtimer.”

Sharing their economic prospects with the former Eastern Germany and North Korea, this is one of the most modern cars Kiwis have… on one of New Zealand’s most prestigious – note the absence of child-head sized gravel pieces – and widest streets, usually only used by Prime Minister John Key to fool the international press.

Google Maps Location.

Photo Creative Commons (Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic) 2010 Dave Young.

The Beauty of Pink Sheep

13/01/2011 at 10:13 am

A Pink Sheep - Sids1

Happy New Year! Well, what’s left of it… half-hearted apologies for being such a lazy fart lately. But bear with me, behind the scenes I have compiled a collection of truly shocking New Zealand shocks… err… shots. Which I will unleash in the next two weeks.

Oh, and this silly project is going to turn two years old on January 22. Some say two shots to the head would be the appropriate congratulation… I say: pfft!

Google Maps Location.

Photo Creative Commons (Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic) 2010 Sids1. Original here.

The Beauty of Christmas

24/12/2010 at 11:36 am

Mt Victoria Auckland - Rosino

A lovely Christmas and a prosperous New Year! We celebrate with this… outstanding composition by Rosino, who is at least 1) a superb photographer, check her/his Flickr stream, and 2) a true philanthropist: s/he publishes her/his photos under a creative commons “Attribution-ShareAlike” licence. Which means that I can rip off her/his works without even asking. Very practical!

A big thanks to Rosino, and also a huge thanks for a vibrant year to our avid Ugly New Zealand fanclub fanbase readers reader!

Google Maps Location.

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

More Beauty of the Wild Wild West. Coast.

02/12/2010 at 9:31 am

Haast Franz Josef - Jack Barry

Photo © 2010 Jack Barry. Original here.

Can anybody spot the exact location?

The Beauty of the Wild Wild West. Coast.

02/12/2010 at 6:52 am

Just outside of Franz Josef Glacier - Jack Barry

Photo © 2010 Jack Barry. Original here.

Can anybody spot the exact location?

The Beauty of Bubbly Mud. For real.

01/12/2010 at 8:14 am

Bubbling hot stinky mud - ilah

Ilah is the newest contributor to Ugly New Zealand, although she stresses that New Zealand isn’t ugly at all. True that: even the mud shots (mud shots, hahaha, hold me back!) look like art. And if you like this, wait until you see the photos on her Flickr stream.

Photo © 2010 Ilah. Original here.

Google Maps Location

The Beauty of Overexposed Train Rides

30/11/2010 at 4:44 am

M - Train ride

Another fine example for advanced “laisser faire” photography by the incredibly relaxed, yet still anonymous, M.

Photo © 2010 M.

The Pottery of Old Beauties

29/11/2010 at 2:01 pm

Old Pottery Factory - Bekdawg

Bekdawg is back – her earlier contributions here and here – , and baffles us with another of her insights into the psychology of Kiwi architecture… and mass produced pottery. Only just barely I manage to suppress the urge for cheap puns with “Lottery” and “Harry Potter”…

Photo © 2010 Bekdawg. Original here.