Exhibited February 2011
Methven Heritage Centre. A personal view of where I live.
The energy and vision of a group of dedicated people is coming together as an extreme makeover of the Memorial Hall. It is exciting to see the building take shape and think about the possibilities it will offer. The fact that a small town could make this happen is a sign of the positive community spirit.
The Blue Pub, probably our most photographed building, takes on a lot of different looks through the year. The after-race family social look is one of the best.
The building is worthy of its name. Each time I go past it looks a little different but my favourite photograph was made in soft early morning light.
For a short while every year trees in the middle of town come alive, one of the joys of living where there are definite seasons
Maybe not what most people see as they drive past, an unfamiliar view of a familiar building.
Steel-Worx was a building with a lot of character, especially when lit up at night. I
This red sky in the morning must have made for some nervous shepherds but I enjoyed the drama. The rainbow was a bonus.
stormy sunrise in Methven town, Mid Canterbury. Living close to the foothills means we get some interesting weather happening. Stormy nor west rain hides the hills but gives great light.
Framed within the window, bottles glowing in the chiller seem to say
Even on a dismal day the Brown exudes charm.
We know all our residents are as pure as the driven snow
Small communities are a sum of the people who volunteer their energy to make things happen. Viv is one of these people.
There is plenty of home grown musical talent, we should never miss a chance to hear it
We live in amazing space for families
There is a great gym and fitness culture for those who want it, we are lucky to have people like Jacquie to motivate us.
Farmer and Mayor of Ashburton. We are fortunate to have people with the energy to represent our district.
I have always enjoyed the culture of woolsheds and shearing. The industry has shrunk over the last few years but hopefully will never disappear.
I photographed 20 long-time residents (including Madge), their portraits are to accompany an oral history project. It really was a privilege to get a brief insight into the lives of some of our enduring people.
One of the strengths of our school has been the sporting culture. Valuing fitness and team work is something everyone needs to learn at a young age.
Methven is on the flat plains but just a short drive from isolated back country huts. No excuses for feeling hemmed in.
The town is full of people like Wayne who just jump in when a job needs to be done - even when the snow forgets it is supposed to stay on the hill.
Life imitates art. I swear the bull was trying to copy the painted pose.
The Produce Hall at the A&P Show is a sensory overload of colour, patterns and textures. The decisions of the judge will be debated all day.
The open space and quiet roads offer excellent riding. I pity the people in bigger cities who have to battle all manner of congestion & hazards that must induce rather than reduce stress
Morning views of Mt Hutt are never the same
The view of the upper Rakaia river is always amazing but when setting sun cut through a valley it became magical
No words, just enjoy.
Sunrises are a bit of a photographic clich
Some people complain about the nor west wind zapping their energy. I find the opposite. Especially in beautifully isolated space.