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


This was the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
This was the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
A digitally manipulated image of the dome of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.
The Housing Slump
The Housing Slump
Two images of a house, taken before and after the earthquakes. In the after photograph the chimneys are gone, a column supporting the car port has partly collapsed, windows are broken, and the previously neat lawn and driveway are overgrown. The photographer comments, "This was a house that I was selling up to the September 2010 earthquake in Christchurch. It was on Avonside Drive, which was an area that has been badly hit in every earthquake that has hit the area. In the September quake parts of the house moved in different directions and one of the upstairs doors had to be smashed open to release one of the sons from his bedroom. This occurred in the dark with numerous aftershocks shaking the house. Liquefaction poured up through the floor and flowed down the drive. Everyone got out OK, but soon after the house was red stickered meaning it was dangerous to enter. The house was looted many times even though there was constant police patrols. When the most violent earthquake occurred on 22 February 2012 both the tall heavy chimneys came crashing through into the living areas. Subsequent earthquakes and aftershocks have caused one of the brick fence pillars to fall and the front garage pillar to break up and twist. The family's troubles did not end there. They moved into the home of one of their parents and this mansion of a home was so badly affected by the February earthquake that no one could enter to collect any of their or their parents' belongings. They now own a new home, which they are fond of except when the ground shakes yet again. There has been to date 10,712 earthquakes and aftershocks since 4 September 2010".
Monster Munch
Monster Munch
A digitally manipulated image of a excavator claw tangled with reinforcing cable, with a damaged concrete building in the background. The photographer comments, "The monster destroying the earthquake broken buildings close to the Lyttelton tunnel".
What Lies Beneath?
What Lies Beneath?
A broken concrete floor slab in a residential property. The photographer comments, "Now that our house is to be rebuilt some time in the distant future, I decided to relay the loose and broken tiles. I took some photos to show what lies beneath".
One Way Only
One Way Only
A pothole in a road surface, showing tyre marks where a vehicle has driven through the hole. The photographer comments, "After the earthquake in Christchurch in February 2011 burst underground pipes and liquefaction caused unseen hollows under the road surfaces. Occasionally after all the rest have been exposed by traffic someone would find 'discover' a new one".
Another Day and Another Deconstruction
Another Day and Another Deconstruction
A digitally manipulated image of damaged buildings on St Asaph Street.
Quake Makes World Headlines
Quake Makes World Headlines
A stack of wooden frames with the words "Quake makes world headlines" written on the uppermost frame. The photographer comments, "This is a sculpture at the CPIT facility in Christchurch. It is a series of squares placed over a column with writing on the squares. It is an excellent movable sculpture that conveys the Christchurch earthquake very well. The squares are placed so that they can slide over each other and even fall inside the other on one side. It is a pity that only two sides of the squares are written on".
The Wrinkles are Showing
The Wrinkles are Showing
Damage to the front of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. Large cracks are visible in the stonework, and one side is supported by shipping containers and hay bales. The photographer comments, "The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament has a lot of cracking on the exterior and one column appears to be leaning to the right. To my non-expert eye it does look like the front could easily give way. Notice the broken supporting beam".
Close Up of the Damage
Close Up of the Damage
Detail of damage to the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. Large cracks can be seen in the stonework of the walls and above the columns.
The Boulevard of Broken Dreams
The Boulevard of Broken Dreams
A digitally manipulated photograph of the sign for the Boulevarde restaurant. The photographer comments, "The title is very appropriate as this restaurant was closed after the February Christchurch earthquake. The area has been cordoned off for ages now and everything will probably be demolished.
Parking in the Red Zone
Parking in the Red Zone
A digitally manipulated photograph of the car parking building on the corner of Manchester and Gloucester Streets. The photographer comments, "Whilst on a tour of the Christchurch earthquake red zone we passed this car park, which I always liked due to its American outgoing feel
Inside the Red Zone
Inside the Red Zone
A digger in front of a partially-demolished building in Cathedral Square. In the background the Farmers and MFL buildings are visible. The photographer comments, "This was taken on the CERA CBD red zone tour. Being on the left hand side of the coach for 75% of the journey I was facing the red zone fence looking at the outside of the red zone".