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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.

Golden

Tonight as we drove West, a golden sunset drew our eyes to the horizon. The beauty before us reminded me of a golden sunrise which we were lucky to experience together earlier this year, during a very special trip to a stunning island.

Goldren sunrise

CIA

Photo by CIA or PJD (who knows, it was after all five o’clock in the morning!), Fafa Island, Tonga, February 2012.

 

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.

Road trip, part I

I went to Iceland.

Iceland is pretty nice.

In Iceland, I went on a road trip.

For road trips, it’s important to get the music right.

And we did.

Ásgeir Trausti’s new album is called Dýrð í dauðaþögn. It’s really good, and works well with the landscape, which from the car looked something like this:

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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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