The Beauty of Dunedin

01/04/2009 at 9:43 am

Dunedin Stadium - Ralf

Dunedin South - Ralf

Dunedin City - Ralf

Today, without further ado, three breathtakingly beautiful shots of Dunedin, also known as the last pit stop before… Invercargill. Touching once again the question if someone’s beauty may be somebody else’s uglyness.

The Beauty of Lemon Oil

14/03/2009 at 9:34 pm

Lemon Oil - Karschti

This fine example of Kiwi entrepreneurship at work (see also: ‘this entrance is closed, use the other… – if you can find it.’) would easily qualify with the admired colleagues at

But what is a platform with hundreds of thousand clicks and their own book if you can choose a friendly independent blog with less then 10 clicks – half of them created by the owner. Thought Karschti and provided us with this gem. Thanks a lot!

Photo © 2009 Karsten Grillitsch.

The Beauty of Lube

14/03/2009 at 8:32 pm

Lube While You Wait - Ralf

One of these random shots out of the driving car, just because the ride is so boring (and slow. And boring. And slow…). But see, the violated typography, art, law, lube and showers offer their own narrational possibilities.

The Boringness of Beauty

09/03/2009 at 10:39 am

Boring Akaroa - Karschti

We are going global! Today I have the absolute pleasure and honor to present a photo of New Zealand, taken by a German, posted on an american server, found by another German in New Zealand, and here you have it:

This wonderful shot by Karschti, a famous flickrer from Hamburg, encapsulates everything I had in mind when I set up this blog. Which was basically: how many postcards motives can one stand before she or he faints? And are there other ways to express appreciation, which aren’t soooo in-the-face?

Photo © 2009 Karsten Grillitsch.

Las Vegas in Golden Bay

06/03/2009 at 7:33 pm

Bay Glam - Caroline Jackson

This week’s “Thank you!” goes to designer (and former Otago student) Caroline Jackson from Nelson, who sent us this photo of a touch of Las Vegas ‘Mars-Attacks’-ishly invading Golden Bay. Generally, I wouldn’t mind a bit of glamour attack across New Zealand, but the half-heartedness presented in this example is, of course, devastating.

Photo © 2009 Caroline Jackson.

The Beauty of Dunedin’s Chinese Garden

09/02/2009 at 7:36 pm

Dunedin Chinese Garden - Ralf

Ain’t that bad, that chinese garden. Here 80% of the highlights on one shot.

The Beauty of Dunedin’s Night Life

09/02/2009 at 7:30 pm

Dunedin Shoe Puke - Ralf

Darn, more and more we drift away from the landscape photography. Anyhow, this one is too good: a plateau shoe (!) sole (!!!), covered in… well, let’s just assume a moviegoer on his way home stumbled and accidentally emptied his bag of popcorn and a can of Red Bull over it, shall we?

On a side note: I love iPhoto’s new Highlight, Shadow and De-Noise sliders. Turns everything into a Hockney painting…

More Beauty of Timaru

09/02/2009 at 7:14 pm

Timaru Piazza - Ralf

More of the world-famous park architecture that made… Timaru… ehm… – there’s a signpost reading ‘Piazza’, too!

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.)

The Beauty of Otago

27/01/2009 at 8:53 am

Neighbour with Digger Otago - John Ransley

The friendly people of Totally Wired, Sharon Guytonbeck and John Ransley, sent us a stunning example of what happens when a neighbour with landscaping ambitions gets ahold of a 30-ton digger. Our second – more or less – authentic landscape photo! More on that topic in the post above…

Photo © 2009 by John Ransley