Bibina Foods is currently running a combined editorial and advertising campaign with intouch magazine.
The magazine is very popular in the areas around Bibina’s Warners Bay food warehouse, withe its demographic fitting in well with Bibina’s – traditional media still has a place in promotion and intouch fitted Bibina’s needs.
Our Christmas advertising was planned around the stock ordered months beforehand. I photographed the stock, sourced a recipe, wrote the copy and provided direction to the magazine on the graphic design of the advertising.
The resulting media looks great and Bibina sold out of many of the items quickly.
I really love art galleries, but people who take junk and turn it into a story steps it up for me. Add in Victorian-era machinery – steam trains, copper pipes, goggles and the clothing of the era combined with science fiction and you get Steampunk.
Oamaru, a coastal town south of Christchurch, is home to Steampunk HQ. The old waterworks has been transformed, with a Zeppelin above the gate, a steam train ready to launch into the sky out from and the inside crowded with robots, creatures from outer space, mishmash technology, surprising lights and sounds.
The backyard has all sorts of Steampunk machinery – bikes, trains, cranes and lots more.
It’s an amazing place to photograph, with high ISO and odd lighting inside, extreme contrast from dark subjects and a while building outside and some cramped spaces to make life difficult, but you’re almost guaranteed to get some memorable images.
We rented a flat via Air B&B for our one night in Oamaru, a pretty town on the NZ East Coast which happens to be the presumably self-proclaimed ‘Steampunk Capital of the World’.
I love Steampunk, the delightful mixture of Victorian technology with sci-fi, creating ray guns covered in brass tubes, astronauts wearing flying googles and steam trains powered by gas cylinders.
But that’s tomorrow, we arrived after Steampunk HQ was closed, so we ended up enjoying a very long twilight on the old industrial pier, waiting for the Blue Penguins to emerge from the ocean to climb into their little houses built be the locals.
They showed up after dark, which was a challenge to shoot…
After the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 – the latter being the big one – Christchurch’s residents started the big clean up, but they left some interesting remnants of the disaster.
Their inventiveness came to the fore too, when many merchants and food sellers needed a place to trade in the devastated city, and the Re:Start project was created, a temporary shopping centre built from shipping containers.
Street art, blue skies and sculpture made for an interesting day being a travelling photographer.
Christchurch, the lovely city on the coast of New Zealand’s South Island, was devastated by an earthquake in 2011 and much of the CBD still lies in ruins.
While I was aware of the loss of life, extensive and major damage to the city when it happened, until I got here and saw the extent of the repairs, hastily-propped up buildings and damaged structures being demolished over 5 years after the event… really, I admit I had no concept of what it must have really been like here during the quake and in its aftermath.
All of the shots of the CBD here were shot on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 mark II with the 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO lens.