Christchurch and the Kaikoura earthquakes changed my outlook on many things in life!
According to experts, the next major earthquake after Hawke's Bay's 1931 quake, killing 256 people was expected to take place in my home town of Wellington. But that wasn't to be the case.
On Tuesday 22nd of February 2011, Christchurch cities landscape changed forever when a 6.2m earthquake struck, sadly taking 185 lives and destroying many of its historical buildings. So, Christchurch being hit, shocked me and the nation.
After taking in the magnitude of those losses, I begun too reflected on what if it had happened here. I walked through my city streets seeing all these beautiful buildings. Buildings I had never before truely appreciated. I realised that these iconic buildings could disappear in a matter of seconds should the big one still hit Wellington. Losing them would be inconceivable as they are the heart and sole of the city.
Then the Kaikoura earthquake hit with a magnitude of 7.8 showing the true vulnerability of many of Wellington's buildings, with some of them having to be demolished and many more requiring earthquake strengthening to save them from demolition. As a consequence I felt the need to capture them.
In this Wellington series, I wanted to show the individual beauty and character of each building. The same way you would a human portrait. Each building has its own finger print, but in many ways they are overwhelmed by the surrounding environmental noise, like cars, tram lines, people and surrounding buildings. So like the human portrait, I wanted to give them their own stage.