Community Spirit

I haven’t posted here for a while – using Instagram and Facebook mostly these day, but thought I’d share these photos here for others that might enjoy them 🙂

If you’ve looked at my Instagram feed before you will have seen I have a fascination with things in people’s windows. I always wonder why do they put the things there? Is it just an extra surface on which to stash something? Is the item there to be admired from the inside? Or the outside? What sort of things need to be put in a window? #whatsinthewindow?⁠⠀
Well now that we are in lockdown in NZ because of COVID-19, there is a great reason for things to be in people’s windows. Some wonderful person started the NZ bear hunt (find them on FB @NZbearhunt) where throughout NZ people are popping a teddy bear (or two) in their window so that the kids can search from them during their walks around the neighbourhood.⁠⠀
I took a walk this afternoon with my camera (minus my child 😉) and found it such a wonderful experience. Neighbours waving from windows as I motioned to request a photo of their bear; a man who asked me out his garage window to wait because he was about to add another giant bear; and an older lady who told me she had no kids at home anymore so no teddy bears, but she’d put some little frogs in her window instead.⁠⠀
I hope these give you a smile and a warm feeling, like they did me today.⁠

R with her bears

24HourProject 2017

Yesterday I took part in the @24HourProject with a group of friends from the Dunedin Photographic Society.  The 24HourProject gathers street and documentary photographers from around the globe to share in real time as they document the human condition of their city. Photographers share one photo per hour during twenty-four hours.

This year’s edition of the 24HourProject is supporting Lesvos Solidarity, a refugee camp run by volunteers providing shelter and hospitality for those in need.

Photos were shared each hour from around the world on social media.  My photos from the (almost) 24 hours are below and on Instagram.  You can see the photos from my friends on Instagram as well: @nicpye, @davidsteernz, @craigmckenzienz; and from the rest of the world: @24HourProject.

Horsing Around

Amazed and honoured to have my photo “Horsing around” selected as the Jury Prize Winner in the 2017 Otago Wildlife Photography Competition.

I took this image when I was photographing in Central Otago with my friend.  We were driving along and saw some amazing light in a field with two beautiful horses in the distance.  Of course when we stopped and walked up to the fence they didn’t stay off in the distance where we thought they’d make a great image, they came right up to us to see what we were doing.

With them being so close to the fence I tried to get down low and shoot up so that the fence wasn’t included.  The sky was rather dramatic which helped a lot.  After a while I was happy with the shots that I’d taken so I went to step away.  I turned around to step down the little bank that we were standing on, and at that moment one of the horses decided he hadn’t finished having his photo taken and bit me on my arm!  I’ve never had such a sore arm before!  It started like a red mark but after a day or so was a massive purple and black bruise 😦

I decided then that I wouldn’t ever go near a horse again!  However, after the bruise has gone and now with this lovely award, my feelings have softened towards the horses 😉

Exhibition is on at the Otago Museum until 23rd July.

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