Constructed in 1891 to support Wellington’s main coastal defense site at Fort Ballance, the Kau Point Battery is a rare remaining example of an unmodified battery constructed to protect New Zealand from attack after the second Russian scare of 1885.
During the first World War, Fort Dorset became Wellington’s main bastion of defense against attack. Despite this, Fort Ballance and its supporting batteries remained operational throughout the War. In 1922 the gun at Kau Point was decommissioned and removed. The site was then used solely as an ammunition store, and from 1942 served the new emplacement at Mount Crawford Anti Aircraft Battery on the next promontory of the peninsula. The fort fell into disuse after the Second World War and, now surplus to army requirements, is not maintained. (http://www.historic.org.nz/TheRegister/RegisterSearch/RegisterResults.aspx?RID=7542)
I have been looking for this one for a while as its the last fortification in the Wellington region that I haven’t been to… Lets just say that it didn’t let me down.
The entrance (not the best photo but have still got to develop the other films) is a small hole just behind the pit where the disappearing gun sat is the only entrance but after you have slid down it opens out to full height tunnels and rooms.
The still glowing glow-stick meant that someone had been there in the not to distant past and it certainly had an eerie feeling especially the side room that had obviously had a fire and then been written all over…
All shots were taken with a tripod and a 10W torch :)
So I finally got round to busting out my ringflash with my Rolleiflex and going up to people in the street and asking to take their image. I have to say that not a single person said no which after building it up in my head for such a long time was pretty damn cool.
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Alex aka Marms (his Tumblr HERE) doing the all important stand-in for testing lighting during our band shoot on a roof…
Its always nice finding sleepers in new places…
Summer is almost here…
The nice weather of late has definitely been drawing more people outside into the sun…
How I missed my steely stare :)
Walked past a couple of ducks on Cuba Street a few days ago… Maybe they were waiting for the shops to open…
A shot from Emilys school fair a couple of weeks ago… The light was super harsh and this was the only shot I took.
I always like the forward planning of sleepers who take off their shoes and store them under the seat.
The final race of the Melbourne Cup…
Waiting at the crossing…
Emily had her ballet show last weekend and she want me to take some pictures of her in her costume before it had to be taken back. Sam got in on the act also :)
(Sorry to Facebook people who have already seen these).
Another exploration with Fergus. This time Erskine College out in Island Bay.
Unfortunately Fergus was a bit cagey about what we were going to shoot so all I had with me was my Rollei and the RZ with a 180mm and Pan F 50 ISO Film. I would have loved to have the F5 with a 19mm but I made the most of what I had and we will definitely have to go back and shoot it again.
Erskine College closed in 1985 and while parts are still used for function rooms and the cathedral most of it is in disrepair.
Photo shoot on the beech by the playground where Sam and I go after we wander through town.
I am currently in a bit of a state of transition at the moment as Sam has pretty much grown out of the backpack and I am trying to get her to walk instead. Unfortunately this is meaning that I am taking less images :(
Bear with me and hopefully all will be back to normal soon :) and I do have a film to develop…
OK so they weren’t actually sleeping :)
Running a bit behind with developing at the moment so here is another older shot of a couple of kids sharing headphones (I think) in Civic Square.
The start of my Mustache for Movember :)
The last two shots off the film that expired 19 years ago.
This was also a bit of a test since I have been having trouble with focusing at the closer distances… Theses were taken on a tripod in good light with the camera set to f8… It looks like I might have to do another test on something static, but the camera might have to go and get the mirror re-calibrated.
Another Wellington photographer, this time Simon Woolf.
This is probably the first time I have seen him without a camera as he was changing a light outside his studio. After I took this we had a chat and he told me he had just purchased his second Rolleiflex :)
The other day I got given a roll of Kodak Ektachrome 64T which expired in October 1992. It had been kept in a freezer so I thought I would do a short series on the humble road cone which I would then get cross processed… It turned out much better than I thought… Might have to try and find some more.
These are all over the place left over from the Rugby World Cup…
A member of the UK Parliamentary World Cup Rugby Team.
From time to time I come across other street photographers while I am wandering around…
Peter Black has just had his book “I Loved You The Moment I Saw You” published a couple of months ago (you can see it HERE) so when I saw him wandering around with his camera I did a quick evasive maneuver round the back of a block to catch him as he walked past (not easy to do quickly with a two year old strapped onto your back).
It was an excellent case of good preparation bad execution as I pulled the focus a bit… He obviously saw me and grabbed a couple of shots of me and Sam :)
When we walked back later on in the morning he didn’t notice me taking the shot of him being interviewed about the book :)