Steve Taylor's Photographs

Photographs and digital images of the earthquake damage around Christchurch, taken by Steve Taylor.

Last updated
8:35pm 28th October 2017
Type
Collection
Identifier
qsr-collection:12271

Contains 273 items


The Skeletal Fish
The Skeletal Fish
Dried liquefaction in North New Brighton. The photographer comments, "This shape formed as the liquefaction after the 23 December earthquake in Christchurch started to dry out".
Three Leaf Clover
Three Leaf Clover
Graffiti on a damaged building. The photographer comments, "They should have painted four leaf clover, if they wanted this tagging to survive the demolition of the earthquake damaged Ozone in Christchurch
It Must Be Just Me
It Must Be Just Me
A mock advertising sign reads "Coffee! Is the planet shaking or is it just me?".
The Chimney Demon
The Chimney Demon
A demon mask hangs from a brick chimney in New Brighton. Some of the bricks at the base of the chimney appear to have moved. The photographer comments, "Since the September earthquake brick chimneys have been tumbling down. I do not know if this was put up to ward off shaking of the chimney during earthquakes, but it seems to be working. This chimney has now been taken down at the end of March 2012 and replaced with a simple metal flue".
Blown Element
Blown Element
Close up of an oven element which has blown and partly melted. The photographer comments, "After the Christchurch earthquake on the 22 February we had no power for about 4 days. We finally got electricity again from the electricity companies' mobile generator the size of a big van. We turned on the oven and there was a loud vibrating hum and this was the result".
Never Say Die
Never Say Die
A fallen branch caught in weeds in the River Styx. The photographer comments, "This branch was broken off during one of the recent Christchurch earthquakes and fell into the River Styx. Now one side has sprouted roots and the other new buds".
Living in an Earthquake Zone Can Be Unreal
Living in an Earthquake Zone Can Be Unreal
A photograph of a damaged house has been reflected in the lower part of the image and digitally manipulated.
The Strangeness of Earthquakes
The Strangeness of Earthquakes
A concrete block wall with a large diagonal crack running through it. The photographer comments, "This wall has fascinated me. It has cracked across in a dead straight diagonal line during one of Christchurch's many earthquakes. How could this have occurred?".
Counting Holes
Counting Holes
Holes in a brick building on Fitzgerald Avenue are marked with spray-painted numbers.
Down and Out
Down and Out
A digitally manipulated photograph of a letterbox lying on the ground in front of a red-stickered house. The photographer comments, "An abandoned red stickered house just outside the four avenues that surround Christchurch CBD. The letterbox came down when the wall it was attached to collapsed. The occupants would have had strict instructions to stay out as the property is too dangerous to enter in case there is another earthquake or big aftershock".
A Broken Window in a Broken City
A Broken Window in a Broken City
A digitally manipulated image of a broken window on Spicer House. The photographer comments, "One of the office blocks in Christchurch City, New Zealand. As the window has not been fixed I am presuming that this building will be slowly demolished at a later date".
Condemned to Death
Condemned to Death
A digitally manipulated image of liquefaction around a house in Avondale. The photographer comments, "The bottom of the gates were swallowed up by liquefaction, but the house still looked in good condition, which was confirmed by builders just going in to work on the property. It is in the Christchurch red zone, which after testing has been deemed unsuitable for houses to be built on. All the land will be bought by the Government and they would also buy any properties that could be repaired. The remaining insured property owners will get a payment from the insurance company. All the buildings are condemned to be knocked down".