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
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Collection
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qsr-collection:12271

Contains 273 items


The Light of a Winter's Day
The Light of a Winter's Day
A digitally manipulated image of Latimer Square. The photographer comments, "It is so nice to stand in the middle of Latimer Square on a bright Winter's day and forget the havoc that is around you. The square has hardly been touched by the Christchurch earthquake, but it is surrounded by demolished and damaged buildings".
Playing the Minute Waltz
Playing the Minute Waltz
A digitally manipulated image of Michael Parekowhai's sculpture 'On First Looking into Chapman's Homer' on Madras Street. The photographer comments, "This is the work of New Zealand artist Michael Parekowhai titled 'On First Looking into Chapman's Homer'. There are two bronze pianos and a very dominant looking bronze bull on each".
A World of Art and Music
A World of Art and Music
A digitally manipulated image of Michael Parekowhai's scuplture 'On First Looking into Chapman's Homer' on Madras Street. The photographer comments, "One of the two bulls on pianos by Michael Parekowhai called 'On First Looking into Chapman's Homer'. They have been placed on the site of a building that was demolished after earthquake damage.
Shaken But Not Deterred
Shaken But Not Deterred
The sign for Perry's Cafe has had "Shaken but not deterred" added under the name of the cafe. One of the iconic figures of two workmen painted on the side of the building, which have regularly-changed speech bubbles commenting humorously on topical subjects, are saying "Is my crack showing?" The paint has peeled from the other speech bubble, obscuring the reply. The photographer comments, "After the numerous earthquakes in Christchurch a lot of buildings were damaged and made off limits. This affected a lot of cafes and take aways, so if you were open you needed to make it known. The words missing from the speech bubble are 'Don't be silly'".
These Will Be the Last
These Will Be the Last
A digitally manipulated image of the sun shining through a stand of pine trees in New Brighton. Some of the trees are on a lean. The photographer comments, "Due to the Christchurch earthquakes and the land subsiding in this area the trees in this area will nearly all be cut down. So these may be the last tall trees to bathe in the sunshine for decades to come".
The Biggest Car Park in the World
The Biggest Car Park in the World
A digitally manipulated image of a direction signpost, with every sign pointing to parking. The photographer comments, "With around 70% of the buildings to be demolished in the CBD, Christchurch, New Zealand will be the biggest parking lot in the world for a few years".
A Giant Sized Game of Monopoly
A Giant Sized Game of Monopoly
A digitally manipulated image of the Gap Filler Monopoly board square on Manchester Street. The photographer comments, "On the site of a demolished earthquake damaged building in Christchurch, New Zealand is a Monopoly game square for giants. The Gap Filler Project makes the bare land where once a building once stood into something both interesting and unique and this time they created a massive Monopoly board square. In the game of Monopoly you move your player with a dog, shoe or maybe the hat, but as the most common thing in the City are diggers they have the placed one on the square. There are also two houses on Manchester Street, which is priced at $240".
The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side
The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side
A digitally manipulated photograph looking through a broken window into a darkened room. Through windows opposite, an overgrown garden can be seen. The photographer comments, "This is a restaurant that was closed down and without any help the garden at the back has flourished".
Existence, Experience, Interrupted
Existence, Experience, Interrupted
Detail of a mural painted on the side of a building.
The Final Showdown
The Final Showdown
A digitally manipulated image of diggers sitting on top of rubble beside the old Railway Station. The photographer comments, "Which one will be buried 6 foot under?".
A Quake Shake
A Quake Shake
Two aluminium drink cans which have split open. The photographer comments, "We had around 24 cans of diet coke in the top of the fridge when the devastating 6.1 earthquake hit Christchurch in New Zealand. The shaking caused one of the front feet of the fridge to fold, which made the fridge tip forward and causing the door to open. After all the shaking the cans had already when they flew out and hit the ground a lot of them exploded. These two cans show the explosive pressure that occurred best".
The Bandsmen's Memorial
The Bandsmen's Memorial
A digitally manipulated image of the Bandsmen's Memorial in Hagley Park. The photographer comments, "This memorial in Hagley Park in Christchurch can no longer be used due to large cracks at the base of most columns. This was mostly caused by the earthquake in February 2011, but later earthquakes have made the memorial even more dangerous".