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


Unsafe
Unsafe
A digitally manipulated photograph of a 'Danger, Keep Clear' sign.
Viewing Platform Left Floating in Space
Viewing Platform Left Floating in Space
Part of a house left sticking out over empty space after the cliff below it collapsed. The photographer comments, "Kinsey Terrace, Clifton, Christchurch viewed from Main Road".
Dream Home for Lego Fan
Dream Home for Lego Fan
A damaged concrete tilt-slab building. The slabs have separated and tilted, and are supported by steel bracing. The photographer comments, "This house in Christchurch was made by bolting 4 slabs of concrete together. A fantastic idea in a country prone to earthquakes".
Breakages
Breakages
A digitally manipulated image of broken objects. The photographer comments, "Digital painting of breakages and liquefaction after the February 22 earthquake in Christchurch".
A Beautiful Window at the Old Lyttelton Library
A Beautiful Window at the Old Lyttelton Library
Cracking below the window of the former Lyttelton Fire Station and Public Library. The photographer comments, "The building at 2 Sumner Road has been sadly damaged by the quake. I was unsure of its future, but now this building has been demolished".
The Bexley Community Garage Sales
The Bexley Community Garage Sales
Balloons and a sign advertising a garage sale hang from a fence. The photographer comments, "Today, 23/7/2011 the Bexley community in Christchurch got together and held a Bexley wide garage sale. You could pick up a map of the garage sales in Arncliffe St, which meant that people could find all the garage sales even if they were on the back sections. People got together with close neighbours to hold joint Garage Sales. In the area where the garage sales were held all the homes have been 'written off' by the government, as the land on which they sit is too damaged by the Christchurch earthquakes to repair. In places it looked more like a ships graveyard with the hulls of the houses sinking lopsidedly into the sand. Unfortunately for nearly everyone in the red zone they cannot rebuild a new home as sections to build on start now around $2,000 and the government is not paying them enough to buy a plot of land and build a new home. The choices for Bexley residents in most cases is to rent, buy a house at least a few years old or move to Australia to start again. I was told that up to 80% could be off to Oz".
The Strange Forces that Earthquakes Create
The Strange Forces that Earthquakes Create
Liquefaction and buckled tarmac on a residential street in North New Brighton. The photographer comments, "In the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch the kerb at the end of my road was pushed from both ends. This caused it to move away from the grass verge and push itself under the tarmac. The tarmac would normally have been 3 inches below the top of the kerb. Between the kerb and the grass can be seen the colour of the liquefaction that spewed out from the ground. The tarmac in the area seemed to flow downhill".
Remember Not to Let Things Get on Top of You
Remember Not to Let Things Get on Top of You
A broken window at ground level has building rubble behind it, some of which has been pushed out through the broken glass. The photographer comments, "The alternate title is 'Under Pressure'. A bulldozer must have pushed earthquake debris up against the internal wall not realising there was a glass reinforced window at ground level".
The Catapult
The Catapult
Machinery on a truck bed. The photographer comments, "Seeing this near the Christchurch earthquake red zone I was wondering if they are now going to use a giant catapult to knock down some of the remaining quake damaged buildings".