Aretha’s on the Rock Shop wall

On K Road. Street artist Paul Walsh commemorates the Queen of Soul. He calls his style, ‘pop surrealism’ and also paints utility boxes around the city: In a city where there are huge billboards and advertisements and hoardings – there is a lot of public space which is colonised by commerce, and it’s nice to…

Holy Family

I guess the Holy Family’s got to get trekking early if they’re going to make it from Auckland to Bethlehem by Christmas.  Spotted on Great North Road in Grey Lynn.

Conversation in the provinces

  I was taking pictures. Camera slung around my neck – the international sign of the tourist. A white man in his 70s stopped me on the street for a chat. Mussed grey hair, blue knit pullover, tired polar fleece jacket. Pudgy. Lonely. Lives in the next town over. Asked me where I was from….

French dog with attitude

See all the photos from the new monograph edited by Robert Delpire. From the Magnum Photos website: “Kalvar’s work often showcases his sense of humor, pushing ordinary things to their logical but absurd conclusions. ‘In life, I float in a world of ambiguity, where meaning is multiple and far from clear’, he explains. “If I…

The Yellow Shed

It’s all about the diagonals, the lines of tension anchoring the composition in place. The tree and the weeds on the roof in the background. The shadow on the left with the shadow on the right. The yellow plank extending to the right up top and the one nailed in place down below. The grey…