Also known as The Troll or the Troll Under the Bridge this is one of the larger sculptures I have photographed. He lurks under the George Washington Memorial Bridge, clutching an actual VW Beattle, as if he had just swiped it from the highway above. Made in 1990, the sculpture is 18 feet (5.5 metres) high and weighs about 6 tonnes. He’s made of steel, wire and of course concrete. Made from such materials the sculpture isn’t particularly colourful so a processing to black and white seemed to be most fitting. I think it makes him look more intimidating. Happy Halloween everyone.
On the shores of Lake Tekapo is this tiny church built in 1935. It is arguably one of the most photographed churches in New Zealand. Staying in the small town of Tekapo for a couple of nights allowed me to visit at various times of the day. In the day, there is nearly always coach fulls of tourists around the church, having their photographs taken. It forms a nice stop off half way between Queenstown and Christchurch, right off State Highway 8. As you can tell from my travel photograph, I generally prefer building shots not to include other tourists. This is why I went back at dusk. Sadly, it was cloudy but using a long exposure the clouds blurred around the church to give this dramatic effect, enhanced by my processing to black and white.
Walking through the ancient temple, built in 1186 AD, this carving was a nice surprise. There are hundreds of small carvings in Ta Prohm, part of the Angkor World Heritage site. Someone pointed out this “stegosaurus” to me and I had to get a record of it. There are two theories of how a dinosaur came to be carved into a temple over 800 years old. Firstly, it could be a carving of something other than a stegosaurus. Alternatively this could be put there more recently as a joke for unsuspecting tourists.
Known in the Northern Hemisphere as the Great Cormorant this large black sea bird was spotted just of the coast of the Coromandel in New Zealand. Sadly, due to my limited time and equipment this was as close as I could photograph him with my 200mm zoom lens. As you can see the bird is drying his wings. The Maori name for the bird is a Kawau.