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


Drug Overdose
Drug Overdose
A digitally manipulated image of a shop window. A vase is visible in the window, and the sillhouette of a mannequin in the background. The photographer comments, "The title came from the pot and the E on the window. This is a building that has been off limits since the Christchurch earthquake. The E was sprayed on the window by rescue teams after searching the building and finding it was empty. This is a very old wooden building that looks OK from the front, but terrible from the side as the previously adjoined building has been demolished.
Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello
A digitally manipulated image of a shop window, with a poster of Elvis Costello visible inside. The photographer comments, "This picture of a young Elvis Costello looks hauntingly out from a badly earthquake damaged shop in Christchurch".
Unrepaired
Unrepaired
A digitally manipulated image of a damaged wooden wall. The photographer comments, "And the walls came tumbling down".
I'll be Wearing a Black Mack
I'll be Wearing a Black Mack
A digitally manipulated image of a black truck parked outside the Bus Exchange building on Colombo Street. The photographer comments, "Life is always full of surprises".
Sex in the Workplace
Sex in the Workplace
The feet of a fallen mannequin rest against a shop window. The photographer comments, "It is enough to make your toes curl. This is a mannequin that has been on its back since this clothing store was cleared out after the Christchurch earthquake. The store, which is in the earthquake red zone, has been off limits and untouched in the for two years".
The Top Wardrobe Salesman Hits Town
The Top Wardrobe Salesman Hits Town
Boarded up windows on the former Christchurch City Council building in Tuam Street. The photographer comments, "This guy always meets his sales target".
Lawrie and Wilson Auctioneers
Lawrie and Wilson Auctioneers
A digitally manipulated image of the Lawrie and Wilson Auctioneers building on Tuam Street. The photographer comments, "This building at 210 Tuam Street is still off limits after the Christchurch earthquake. It has Lawrie and Wilson Auctioneers at the top and Christchurch City Council below. In the past it had a City Photography and at a different time a Parking Unit sign".
Two Fat Indians
Two Fat Indians
A digitally manipulated image of the window of the Two Fat Indians restaurant. The photographer comments, "These two fat Indians seem to have lost weight since the restaurant was closed due to earthquake damage".
Do Not Forget the Homeless
Do Not Forget the Homeless
A digitally manipulated image of a Christmas tree. The photographer comments, "Remember the homeless and lonely at Christmas time".
Safe Dust
Safe Dust
A digitally manipulated image of printer's type, spelling out "Safe Dust". The photographer comments, "After the September 2010 Christchurch earthquake liquefaction poured out of the ground mostly in the East of Christchurch. This silt, which was a form of sand was declared safe and would not harm gardens if it was spread around in moderation. After the February 2011 quake as a result of even more liquefaction and the sewers being ruptured, the liquefaction was declared as toxic. People clearing it up should wear a mask, boots and gloves especially when it had dried up and become dusty. This just so happens to be the words found on an old printing press".
Two Coffees and a Muffin to Takeaway
Two Coffees and a Muffin to Takeaway
Two cardboard coffee cups in a takeaway tray sit on a wooden counter. The photographer comments, "What is the story of these coffees and that sad muffin? Were these an order when the earthquake struck Christchurch on 22 February 2011? Were these a workman's and a colleague's having a quick coffee break when a later aftershock caused them to leave everything behind when they fled the red zoned building, or were they just forgotten when the building was cleared out and abandoned?".
In Technicolor
In Technicolor
A digitally manipulated image of demolition machinery, with the Hotel So in the background. The photographer comments, "Strange things happen when you use technicolor film".