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Night time makes ordinary things strange.

Hay Street, Wellington

PJD

Photo by PJD, on a fine summer evening, Wellington 2013. CIA was a semi-willing accomplice.

Waitangi

I promised a couple of days ago that I would share some more pictures from my time spent this past week in the far North at Waitangi, for the annual commemoration of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. Having left the camera at home, I had to make do with my cellphone, so the results aren’t the best, but they give at least a flavour of time in this special place…

Waitangi 1

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At dawn

The sixth of February is a day of special significance in Aotearoa New Zealand: Waitangi Day. This year, I had the opportunity to be part of celebrations and events for this national day at Waitangi. Spending the last few days in this special part of New Zealand has been an amazing experience; one of the highlights was marking the start of the day with a dawn ceremony. Not being a morning person, the fact I am saying that I actually enjoyed being up and about at 4:30am really says something. I was reminded that the dawn is a particularly incredible part of the day; as the depths of the darkness and the sparkle of the Milky Way gives over to the glow of sun on the horizon, it is a time of day where the world seems all at once full of possibility and overwhelming in its magnitude, whilst also peaceful, with the land, sea, stars, sun and sky all working together as one incredible whole. I will be sure to share some more pictures tomorrow.

View of the sun rising over the water from the Treaty Grounds, Waitangi, New Zealand

View of the sun rising over the water from the Treaty Grounds, Waitangi, New Zealand (looking towards Russell)

CIA

Photo by CIA, Waitangi, Far North, New Zealand, 6 February 2013.

The way the light falls

We are enjoying re-familiarising ourselves with all the wonderful urban spaces that this little city at the end of the island has to offer. The recessed lighting along the side of the wetlands in Waitangi Park makes for a dramatic point of interest along the walkways at night. It’s just a little thing, but I like the way the light falls softly here, against the darkness of the night.

CIA

Photo by PJD and CIA, Wellington, New Zealand, November 2012.

 

Glacier lake

It was very cold. The wind whipped around our faces and hands, eventually making our hands numb. The sun, what sun there was, was fleeing. The clouds loomed up ominously. None of that mattered, as my newest obsession established itself.

Jökulsárlón has seeped into my core.

PJD

Photos by PJD, Jökulsárlón, Iceland, 2012. As previously noted, these photos were made possible by the consummate driving skills of my good friend, who patiently showed me around his homeland. I am not sure he’ll ever really know how much I appreciated that.

Weekly photo challenge: Silhouette

I was pretty excited about this week’s photo challenge theme, until I realised that probably the two best silhouette photos that I have ever taken, I have already posted previously, here and here. Nevertheless, PJD also has something of a penchant for snapping the odd silhouette photo, and I think the photo below, taken in the Tate Tanks is pretty awesome. The silhouettes of the strangers, walking in, through, amongst the art in the eerie space of the Tanks are captured in a pretty unusual way, and the presence of shadowy silhouettes  as well, without it being clear who they belong to, only adds to this effect. I also love how the pink of the woman’s trousers pops against the murky darkness, and the the movement of her silhouette contrasts with the stillness of the other silhouettes in the scene.

CIA

Photo by PJD, The Tate Tanks, Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom, September 2012.

A sparkling piece of Slow Art

If you have already read my post from yesterday, you will know that Slow Art at the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm made a huge impression on both of us. I promised that today I would share with you the piece from the Slow Art exhibition that really stole the show for me. In fact, I think Mafune Gonjo‘s Beauty has a thorn is the most beautiful and innovative piece of sculpture I have ever seen.

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What to do with a sunny evening on Södermalm

There we were, walking along Stadsgårdsleden on a beautifully sunny summer evening. The view was stunning, it truly was. Stockholm was a glorious city to visit (I have run out of other superlatives). It looked like this:

What would you do on an evening like this?

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Togetherness

Ninety-nine posts ago, we started this new blog. Our aims for it were — and continue to be — simple; for it to serve as a place where we collect together things that intrigue, inspire and interest us. Crucially, we intended it as a creative outlet for us to share together, and we are really enjoying this joint project so far.

So, to celebrate, here are are a few photos that we have taken over the last few months, in various places when the light has been right, and we cast shadows of ourselves, as we explore the world together.

Here we are inside Le Grand Palais, walking in rainbows.
Paris, June 2012.

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Walking in rainbows: Daniel Buren at le Grand Palais

Today I get the fun task of revealing the amazing Paris experience that we had on the final day of our recent trip (I posted a teaser yesterday!) Hopefully that post and the photo I included was enough to whet your appetite. If you are into art and in particular contemporary installation art, I can pretty much guarantee you’ll enjoy this post, and even if you are not, I think you will too (well, I hope so, at least!).

An external shot of the Grand Palais, with a billboard for Daniel Buren’s MONUMENTA 2012 show

MONUMENTA is an art project organised by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication which has been running for a couple of years now. I’d never heard of it before, and it was only by chance that we got to catch MONUMENTA 2012. Each year a different well-known international contemporary artist has been given the space of the nave in the Grand Palais to create a site-specific art work – no mean feat given that the Nave space is 13,500 square metres! Read more

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