Christchurch has changed a lot over the last few years. Opened in 2021 Te Pat convention centre is the main facility in the Christchurch Convention Centre Precinct. The theatre inside seats 1400 people. The exterior titles reflect the Canterbury region’s braided rivers. The architectural design is inspired by both our people and our place, with a strong design influence from the region’s mana whenua (people of the land). As soon as I can I’m planning an evening photo shoot around central Christchurch. The Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre will be high on the list of buildings to photograph at dusk.
Wellington has a couple of marina’s for yachts. This was taken just before dawn in front of Te Papa the Museum of New Zealand. Looking east towards the lovely apartments of Clyde Quay Wharf on the left and 22 Herd Street on the right. In the background is Mount Victoria. Surprisingly this was a taken on my phone and not at all planned. I had decided to go for a short walk around the waterfront rather than going to the gym. Often a harbours water is much stiller in the morning than the evening.
Walking into the Queen Victoria Market Dave’s Diner was the first thing I came across. The iconic polished aluminium of the Airstream trailer really caught my eye. Dave’s menu includes with soups served in a bread bowl, plus a host of desserts including Portuguese tarts, tiramisu, banana fritters, sticky date pudding and more. In the background are some of the massive skyscrapers of central Melbourne. The watermelons and oranges in the foreground also added some much need colour and contrast. Whilst we had a great coffee from here, they had only just opened so weren’t able to try their food this time.
Opened in 1929 as the State Theatre this is one of the most historic theatres in Australia. It stands at the corner of Flinders Street and Russell Street in the centre of Melbourne. It is currently used for concerts and other performances. I didn’t go inside but will try to on my next visit to this part of the city. There was a bright red sports car in front of the building which was quite distracting. Rather than try and use Photoshop to remove it. I simply make the photograph black and white. Buildings, especially on cloudy days like this, often look quite good without colour. For those wondering the forum theatre is a sandstone colour.