This article was originally published in NZPhotographer Magazine, issue 26
The power of photography is that it not only freezes the moment but it shows the ‘collective’ view of photographers. On October 29, 2019 Wellington photographers took part in the Heritage Photo Quest organized by the Excio photo community. Participants were encouraged to capture the most interesting buildings and learn more about the history of Wellington city. Scroll further down and you will see many different perspectives from some of the photographers who took part. It is always amazing to be able to see after a photo walk what others have captured. Photographers see things differently and that’s great – see for yourself all kinds of reflections, long exposures, perspectives and angles!
The architecture of any city is the reflection of its history and in the case of Wellington we can look back over the last 150 years. You can find examples of almost every architectural style – from wooden structures to ArtDeco with Chicago-influenced industrial high-rise buildings in the CBD. From modern buildings to historical remnants of what were once beautiful facades, Wellington provides a great number of photo opportunities for those who love to try their hand at architectural and urban photography.
There are still many places around the city that have survived from the early days of its settlement by the Europeans. Many of the buildings may at first glance seem ordinary but if you do some research and explore a bit more you will soon see the layers of history revealing themselves. In fact, some buildings may only be fully appreciated when they are considered in the context of the era they were built in. Think about some of the buildings that we see every day on your way to/from work, more than 600 times a year, that we never have enough time to pay attention to, these very buildings may have represented a revolutionary shift in design and architecture 50 or 100 years ago. Changes in architectural style always reflect the development of the nation and with the help of photographs we take today, our descendants 100 years into the future will be able to see what ‘modern’ Wellington looked like back in the 21st century.
By capturing buildings and architecture we create history – what stands there right now may not exist tomorrow. As photographers who care about #PhotographyForGood we need to make sure that the generations after us can appreciate and enjoy what we see today even if it is no longer standing in the future. Cities are always in a state of continuous transition and transformation. Think of any place you visited a few years ago, if you go back there in 10 or 20 years you may not recognise the look of it.
To find out more information or take a walk along our heritage trail at your own pace visit www.excio.io/heritagewalk