On February 22, 2011, a major earthquake struck the South Island of New Zealand. The City of Christchurch was near the epicentre of the quake, and many older Victorian and Edwardian buildings in the CBD were severely damaged as a result.
Nearly six years later, the City is still in the process of demolition and rebuilding. A few of the older buildings are being restored, but much of the CBD remains clustered with gravelled parking lots amid the streets and construction sites.
Some of the new architecture is a stark minimalist solution, especially when compared with the older buildings. No doubt, the new buildings are more seismically resistant, but something has been lost in the transformation.
The following images illustrate the process of transition in Christchurch. To see more photos of Christchurch, refer to my Flickr website.
The bright colours of autumn really pop when the sun is shining and the sky is blue. Southern Ontario is a great place to be at this time of year – and a short trek to the park is all that it takes to find the reds, oranges and yellows of autumn. Enjoy!
I have been travelling in Europe for the past month, and as a result I have collected some new images to add to my portfolio.
In order to ease back into posting on my blog, I decided to start with a familiar theme – some new images to add to my “wallpaper” album, which is included on my flickr site. I am always on the lookout for walls and facades where I can minimize the perspective and create a two-dimensional image.
There is a national TV network in Canada named CTV. Back in the 1960’s CTV introduced a new logo that incorporated a circle, a square and a triangle to represent the “C”, “T” and “V” respectively. This logo has survived for 50 years and it is still going strong, even though the ownership has changed over the years. I believe that the use of simple geometric shapes is part of the reason for the ongoing success and recognition of the logo.
The following are three sample images that utilize strong geometric shapes and patterns.
I enjoy converting some of my photographs into monochrome black and white images. This usually occurs in situations where the colours do not add anything to the overall quality of the image. However, sometimes there are situations where a little added colour can have a great impact.
The following are two examples where I think that a touch of colour has a great effect. In both cases, the colour is red, which is a “hot” button that immediately draws your attention to the main focus point.
All of the images in this series are of public spaces located inside buildings. Two of these buildings are located in Australia, where the sun is always prevalent. The sun, shining through glazed windows, leaves its imprint on the walls and floors. The structural system of the walls and glazing is revealed through the shadows that are cast by the sun.