FEATURE FRIDAY: RUSTIC ROOFTOPS

" To me,  photography is an art of observation.  It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place.... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them."     Elliott Erwitt


Last week Nick spent a few days abseiling and inspired rooftop photography was a secondary product of his working time.   If the stories of the past could be captured in the present perhaps this is a snippet of what that could look like.  I'm in love with the rustic worn facades that grace these buildings and the detail that was integral to their design - timeless beauty.


UNI WEEK

Early in December Nick dedicated a few evenings to travel across town to the University of Otago which is New Zealand's oldest university to capture some images and produce a uni week collection of these historic and beautiful buildings.



A little bit of history: a committee led by Thomas Burns was instrumental in creating the University of Otago which was founded in 1869 by the Otago Provincial Council with the first students accepted in July 1971.  

In it's first year Otago University had a staff of 3 professors in the fields of Classics & English literature,  Mathematics & Natural philosophy and a third area Mental & Moral philosophy and Political Economy.



Today the university is home to 17000 full time students with Dunedin being well known for its lively student population of ‘scarfies’.  Otago uni students have been nicknamed scarfies due to the employing of scarves to combat the cold winter of the south.


AN OPENING NIGHT

December 8th dawned a hot and calm day in Dunedin perfect for the opening exhibition and launch of stw studio at the perc in downtown stuart street.    In a tightly timed turnaround a gallery style display of images was hung and food & drinks set up thanks to a team of friends as it was all hands on deck.

A relaxed evening was had by all,  enjoying the photography,  the nibbles,  the drinks and catch ups with friends & family who were able to attend at rather short notice.    

Thank you to the photo gallery for their fabulous work producing beautifully presented & framed pictures,   to dunedin print for their work with the lookbook, business cards & other print jobs,  Ayla @ twigs n twine for the beautiful florals and especially to Sarah @ the perc for generously hosting & displaying our photography.

For all the support that see through windows has received from friends,  family,  our amazing customers & our instagram friends - thank you very much!



THE PHOTOGRAPHER AND THE GARDENER

Many moons ago before he was a light chasing,  reflection capturing,  observer of detail in all things building and landscape - there was a boy called Nick.   This boy grew up with a fierce sense of loyalty to all he called his including his city,  Dunedin.     

A beautiful city  with a rather cold and blustery exterior - a city that had a way of charming people,  a city with heart.  

As for the gardener well it's now 20 years since  a young farm lass from sunny Marlborough (the land where all the goodness grows) ventured far beyond the farm gates to pursue adventure and education in Dunedin.   During that time she met the photographer only he wasn't the photographer yet,   he was more.......grunge boy.   

As good stories go they fell in love,   married and settled in a  home on a hill,  a  little character cottage with views of the sea and the city below. 

Ten years later grunge boy and the gardener welcomed singing girl and the family was complete.   For 20 years he was a window cleaner spending his days on the streets of dunedin, cleaning glass,  observing glass,   looking through glass.  At times he hung from a rope and cleaned windows from heights,   with perspective,  cleaning glass,  observing glass, looking through glass.     Buildings and glass,  glass and buildings.

Then came some photos -  shapes,   lines,  light,  reflections,  structure,  dusk, dawn,  clouds and always windows of course.   The photographer was an early riser and began to capture some of his day on the streets,   snippets of the beauty created in this city where the old meets the new.     On a quest to reveal the uniqueness that has been generated by the city's people,  past and present.   

It’s been an intriguing journey about Dunedin for the photographer and the gardener,   that simple pictures could reveal a little more of this grand old city as her tale continues to be woven.