The Beauty of… Timaru?

29/09/2011 at 10:34 pm

Timaru - Natalie Price

The truth about Timaru!

Captured by the wonderful Natalie Price, who was kind – and brave – enough to let me publish this masterpiece. Thanks a lot!

Please let me re-emphasise that most of the photos presented on this blog aren’t indicative for the photographic abilities of their authors ;)

Google Maps Location (well, somewhere there)

Photo © 2011 Natalie Price. Original here.

The Beauty of Snow and Pink Limos in Timaru

29/09/2011 at 10:14 am

Limo in the Snow, Timaru - joh3

Ladies and gentlemen, prepare for fireworks of Uglynewzealandism over the next days and weeks! Kicked off by this superb shot by the fabulous Shannon Stevenson, accompanied by a mind-boggling guest post by Alex Gilks aka The Voice of the South:

When the blanket of sudden winter snow melts a bit, and gets all gritty and sullied around the edges with brown and grey tyre juice, that’s when the folks of Timaru do what they do best: load up in a big ol’ 1980s Ford LTD style stretched limo, and head out to the main to cruise the mush, like a dirty big pink shark, looking to raise some hell.

Google Maps Location (sorta)

Photo © 2011 Shannon Stevenson. Original here.

The Beauty of Blue Blenheim

26/09/2011 at 11:26 am

Blenheim - Travelling Light

Bicycling by baby boy blue Blenheim…

Google Maps Location (approximately, can anybody spot the exact location?)

Photo © 2011 Travelling Light. Original here.

The Beauty of Wakefield. In 1989

03/09/2011 at 12:05 am

Wakefield 1989 - Travelling Light

The car! The hut*! The fridge! The gravel! Corrugated Steel! The colors! – ’Tis Kiwi heaven!

(* I know, I know, my mistake: “historic 3 bedroom villa with flexible floor plan”).

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Photo © 2011 Travelling Light. Original here.

The Beauty of Light Travelling

30/08/2011 at 12:03 am

Nelson 4 - Travelling Light

Today it is my deep pleasure to present you the first photo by “TravellingLight”, a team of incredibly talented “partners in crime” from New Zealand.

In their works, they document New Zealand with a wonderful sensibility, often precisely catching this bitter-sweet spot between beauty and blandness of the country.

Expect more from Travelling Light in the future!

Photo © 2011 Travelling Light. Original here.

The Beauty of Foxy Glaciers

25/08/2011 at 8:13 pm

Fox Glacier - Grant Dommen

Glacier: foxy. Signposts: tilted. Background: foggy. Sigh, New Zealand, sigh…

Great shot by Grant Dommen, though! As always! Thanks!

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Photo © 2011 Grant Dommen. Original here.

The Beauty of Twizel

16/08/2011 at 11:38 am

Twizel Village Centre - Paul Roper-Gee

The plot thickens: suspicious resemblances between Twizel’s vivacious village center, masterly captured by the one and only Paul Roper-Gee, and this piece of evidence.

Conspiracy experts might also enjoy the fairly spooky triple-exposure effect.

Google Maps Location.

Photo © 2011 Paul Roper-Gee. Original here.

The Beauty of Phar Lap Pedestals

14/08/2011 at 1:14 pm

Timaru, Home of Phar Lap - Grant Dommen

After the tragic death of the Phar Lap, his fans and the racing fraternity ennobled the memory of the champion gelding by sending his arse back to Australia, keeping his bones in New Zealand, and exporting his shoes to the Philippines. A thoroughbred, a complete horsey, bossing the track and strutting proud and free in his domain: this image could not be complete without a statue of a frozen horse riding a goods lift up towards heaven. Travel well, wonder horse.

Another more-than-just-exquisite guest post by the valorous designer, teacher and author Alex Gilks, accompanying this magical shot by the sensational Grant Dommen.

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Photo © 2011 Grant Dommen. Original here.

The Beauty of Magic Water. And Concrete.

13/08/2011 at 8:12 am

Concrete and Water - Paul Roper-Gee

This shot is easily amongst the most beautiful pictures I’ve ever seen. What is it doing here then, you ask? Told ya this project would slowly shape shift to “http://themostbeautifulshitunderthesun.com”, didn’t I?

This stunning photographic extravaganza was captured by the indomitable Paul Roper-Gee. Thanks so much, Paul!

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Photo © 2011 Paul Roper-Gee. Original here.

The Beauty of Memorials

02/08/2011 at 2:30 pm

Memorial to those lost at sea (Greymouth) - Gary Williams @ kovertuk

Kiwis seem to like are seemingly able to endure a lot when it comes to monuments. Every 50 metre there is some preposterious pile of rubble or twisted DIY-artwork with clumsily attached plaques well-meaning monument, reminding passer-bys of this or that. Those lost to the sea in this case, undeniably a serious and worthwile cause.

I still wonder if, given the number of ships that sank after contact with cliffs and the amount of witnesses permanently disposed with the help of rocks, a huge piece of stone is really the most sensitive way to convey this message? Perhaps the objective wasn’t tippy-toeing…

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Photo © 2011 Gary Williams @ kovertuk. Original here.