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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Contains 273 items


Welcome to the Red Zone
Welcome to the Red Zone
A red sticker on the door of a damaged building in North New Brighton. The photographer comments, "A year after the earthquake in Christchurch a lot of buildings outside of the CBD are covered in cracks and beyond repair. These will slowly be demolished, but until then the buildings will be protected by a movable barrier and a red sticker".
My Photographic Visualisation of the Christchurch Earthquake
My Photographic Visualisation of the Christchurch Earthquake
A motion-blurred photograph of houses, with the Port Hills in the background. The photographer comments, "This I hope gives you a feel of what it feels like in an earthquake. When you spend your whole life thinking that you and your home are built on solid ground, it can be quite a shock when you find it is not. You can feel the house shaking like a dog with a toy, rising up violently underneath you or the most gentle form which is when the ground moves gently like a wave moving under a rowing boat. It is not just the movement, you often get a rumbling sound which can precede a violent shake or can result in no movement at all. This means that some vehicles can sound like the rumbling initially and in the early days would get your heart racing. Another form of stress is when big excavators as heavy as a tank move as you can feel the ground shake from streets away, but you do not always hear the engine. For most of us the problem when the shaking starts, is wondering if this is the start of an extremely violent earthquake or will it peter out".
The Crowd Awaits
The Crowd Awaits
People stand beside the cordon fence on the Worcester Street bridge. The photographer comments, "This was some of the many people waiting for the White Lights of Hope to be turned on, but when they were we hardly noticed. Sadly it was a big disappointment".
Christchurch's White Lights of Hope
Christchurch's White Lights of Hope
Seen from Cambridge Terrace, the 'White Lights of Hope' spotlights shine into the sky behind a crane and damaged buildings on Oxford Terrace.
A Bridge Too Far (Gone)
A Bridge Too Far (Gone)
A digitally manipulated image of a damaged bridge in Lake Terrace Road in Burwood. The photographer comments, "After the September earthquake this bridge was a little wonky, but you would cross it, possibly without fear, now though it is too far gone".
The Orange Hand of Fate
The Orange Hand of Fate
Damage to The Bone Dude's Bone Carving Studio and Cultured Gallery on Fitzgerald Avenue. The brick wall is cracked, and the guttering has fallen. The photographer comments, "This building was damaged in the September earthquake in Christchurch. It was the Bone dude's bone carving studio. The motto on the wall was 'Carve your own' and it looks like the earthquakes did just that".
They Tried to Put Humpty Together Again
They Tried to Put Humpty Together Again
A damaged brick building has wooden bracing holding the walls together. The photographer comments, "This building came through the September Christchurch quake with a few band aid plasters, but the February quake means that she is now DNR (Do Not Resuscitate)".
Open Plan Living and Good Indoor/Outdoor Flow
Open Plan Living and Good Indoor/Outdoor Flow
A brick wall has fallen from this house, exposing the rooms within and leaving a pile of rubble in front. The ceiling has slumped and is held up with jacks. The photographer comments, "This was probably the result of the shallower February Christchurch earthquake rather than the bigger September one".
Earthquake Tetris
Earthquake Tetris
Broken windows on Leicester House. Broken filing cabinets and other fittings lie on the ground in front of the building. The photographer comments, "As you can see the game did not last very long".
The Cathedral has Developed a Bald Spot
The Cathedral has Developed a Bald Spot
The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament after the dome was removed. Large cracks are visible in the walls and in the dome's supporting structure, and the facade is supported by haybales and shipping containers. The photographer comments, "The main dome of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament became unsafe after the February Christchurch earthquake - workmen have slowly been dismantling it. Now we are just left with the cracked and twisted walls that supported the beautiful dome".
Looking Forward to a New Clay Bottom!
Looking Forward to a New Clay Bottom!
A digitally manipulated photograph of the bottom of Victoria Lake in Hagley Park. The photographer comments, "After the Christchurch earthquake in February 2011, Victoria Lake suffered some cracking which broke the previous clay seal. The lake has now been excavated so that the new clay seal can be spread out and flattened ready to be filled again with water. The red pile is the clay and in the background is the grey silt or liquefaction that spewed into the lake from cracks in the lake bed".
Looking Through a More Darker Window
Looking Through a More Darker Window
A black and white photograph of a pile of rubble in front of a window. In the background behind the window a gap in the building can be seen. The photographer comments, "The result of the Christchurch earthquakes".