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


Earthquake Contortions
Earthquake Contortions
The badly twisted Medway Street footbridge. The photographer comments, "The September 4th 2010 earthquake in Christchurch was so violent that the banks of the Avon River moved towards each other. This footbridge being metal had to twist sideways to release the pressure of being pushed from both river banks. It looked like it had been wrung out like a wet towel".
Access All Areas
Access All Areas
A digitally manipulated image of the head of a digger resting on a pile of soil. The photographer comments, "You can go anywhere you like when you are a rock star".
Plastic Surgery
Plastic Surgery
The top of the water slides in the QEII swimming pool, exposed by its demolition. The slides themselves have been broken off, leaving only the entry points. The photographer comments, "After assessment of the damage caused by the numerous earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand they decided to demolish the QEII stadium and it's swimming pool".
The Earthquake Rattle
The Earthquake Rattle
A digitally manipulated photograph of a shop security shutter. The photographer comments, "Sometimes before you feel the ground rolling any metal shutters around start their rattling noises as if someone is shaking them".
Lux City
Lux City
A digitally manipulated image of light sculptures on Gloucester Street during the LuxCity event. The photographer comments, "This was part of the LuxCity event in Christchurch, New Zealand. It was a way of creating a city of lights on the sites of demolished buildings in the earthquake devastated red zone. 350 architecture and design students from all around New Zealand created and constructed 16 pop up spaces".
Sunday is a Day of Rest
Sunday is a Day of Rest
The head of a digger resting on a pile of soil next to QEII Stadium. The photographer comments, "The deconstruction of the QEII stadium in Christchurch pauses on a Sunday".
Diving No Longer Allowed
Diving No Longer Allowed
A digitally manipulated image of the high diving boards at QEII swimming pool. Rubble has fallen on the boards during the demolition of the complex. The photographer comments, "The diving board at the QEII stadium swimming pool during its demolition after being damaged in the Christchurch earthquake in February 2011".
The Earthquake Worms
The Earthquake Worms
A digitally manipulated photograph of twisted reinforcing rods amongst the rubble from the demolition of QEII. The photographer comments, "These rarely seen worms live in the pressurised earth under the foundations of buildings. They need a damp soil and be under at least 100 pounds of pressure per square inch. After the destructive force of an earthquake they swiftly rise to the surface through gaps in the rubble. Unfortunately they quickly die and then crystallise as hard as iron in the dry low pressure air".
Poseidon Extreme
Poseidon Extreme
A digitally manipulated image of the high diving boards at QEII swimming pool. Rubble has fallen on the boards during the demolition of the complex. A sign reads "Poseidon Extreme". The photographer comments, "I do not know what Poseidon Extreme at this swimming pool looked like before the earthquake damaged it, but it looks really radical now during it's demolition. A strange coincidence is that Poseidon is referred to as 'Earth-Shaker' due to his role in causing earthquakes. So the demolition of this pool due to the series of quakes in Christchurch all seems to be foretold by the gods and that sign".
Bringing Down the Roof
Bringing Down the Roof
Corrogated roofing from the demolition of the QEII complex. The photographer comments, "This collection of galvanised roofing looks so photogenic as I walked around the partly demolished Queen Elizabeth stadium and swimming pool".
LYTTELTON
LYTTELTON
A digitally manipulated image of the word 'Lyttelton' made out of damaged bricks. The photographer comments, "This shows the courage and humour of the earthquake wrecked port of Lyttelton. There is lots of little things that make you smile that the locals and volunteers from around the area have created".
Twice Fallen
Twice Fallen
A digitally manipulated image of a fallen headstone. The photographer comments, "Since the September 2010 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand a lot of the headstones have fallen, but sadly a lot have not been resurrected to their former places".