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


Stone By Precious Stone
Stone By Precious Stone
A protest sign painted on a fence shows an image of the cathedral spire and the words "Save + restore, stone by precious stone!" The photographer comments, "The Christchurch Cathedral got very badly damaged in the earthquake. It was being demolished down to a safe level before a major protest managed to stop it going too far. There is still an ongoing debate on what to do with the Cathedral. In the meantime a cardboard cathedral made out of a steel framework and massive toilet roll tubes is being constructed close by. This is to the right of the protest about the closure of Christchurch schools".
Close the Schools and Build the Jails
Close the Schools and Build the Jails
A protest sign painted on a fence shows a bulldozer labelled "Govt." driven by a woman (presumably representing Education Minister Hekia Parata) running over a sheep labelled "Chch schools", next to the words "Every time you close a school you have to build a jail - Mark Twain." The photographer comments, "Due to the earthquakes in Christchurch and parents leaving the area to give their children a quieter and more education friendly life a lot of the local schools especially in the East of Christchurch are to be closed or amalgamated. This was a decision by the government without consultation with any other authorities. Mark Twain actually said 'Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail'".
Brassed Off
Brassed Off
Glass panels with brass surrounds, stacked inside a building. The photographer comments, "These were brass dividers that were brought inside the building two years ago after the Christchurch earthquake. They have been sitting there abandoned in a restaurant that will be either repaired and reopened at a later date or demolished like the many others of its kind".
The Steam-Punk Sewage Works
The Steam-Punk Sewage Works
Pipes lead into a shipping container. The photographer comments, "In Christchurch containers are so very versatile: They are used as barricades, supports, homes, shops, art galleries, artworks, Malls, pubs and bars, Thai takeaways and now sewage works".
When Are They Going to Reveal the Secret?
When Are They Going to Reveal the Secret?
The dome of the Isaac Theatre Royal covered in sheeting and suspended in the backstage area. In the foreground, a small digger sits on the bed of a truck, and a crane is visible to the left. The photographer comments, "This is the 'dome' of the Isaac Theatre Royal's heritage stage. The front section of the theatre has stayed and so has the back, but the middle has been completely demolished. The best way to hide a secret is in plain sight. Could this really be an ancient UFO stored secretly in the old theatre for decades and now exposed by the earthquake? Is the waiting crane and transporter ready to whip it away to another secret location in the dead of night?".
At Rainbow's End
At Rainbow's End
A digitally manipulated image of building rubble.
Transformers Unplugged
Transformers Unplugged
Twisted reinforcing rods tangled in a pile of rubble. The photographer comments, "It is a horrible sight when a transformer runs out of electricity. Anyone got any jumper cables?".
Shown the Red Card
Shown the Red Card
A man reads a sign posted on the door of the Christchurch Art Gallery, which reads "The gallery is currently closed to the public". The photographer comments, "Red Carded - A red-coloured card shown by a referee to a player, especially in soccer, to indicate that the player is being ejected from the pitch. The Christchurch Art Gallery has left the building. All the current and future exhibitions of the Art Gallery are being mainly held out of doors".
Here Today Gone Tomorrow
Here Today Gone Tomorrow
The entrance to the West Avon building on Montreal Street. The photographer comments, "This very wonderful Art Deco heritage building in Christchurch had residents living in it until another visit from the building engineers re-re-checking for earthquake damage. Now it is fenced off and on the list for possible demolition".
The Gallery of Quake Art
The Gallery of Quake Art
A black and white photograph of a partially demolished building. The remains of concrete slabs hang from reinforcing rods. The photographer comments, "Christchurch has a gallery of quake art on nearly every corner".
The View Through the Blue
The View Through the Blue
Workers seen through a gap between wooden pallets in GapFiller's Pallet Pavillion. The photographer comments, "Though it looks strange and Photoshopped this is a straight shot through pallets painted blue. The Pallet Pavilion is built on the site of the demolished Crowne Plaza Hotel. It was built by volunteers, mainly students and construction engineers over 6 weeks. Here students are being given health and safety instructions before helping out on completing the temporary structure".
Lemon and Lime
Lemon and Lime
A digitally manipulated photograph of a stack of metal beams.