FARMERS CARPARK

I’ve been quite fascinated with the old Farmers Carpark across the road from my work place in the city ever since I serendipitously discovered the photographic opportunities it provides earlier in July this year. This carpark was built in the 1950s and served as the carpark for what could be the most prestigious store in New Zealand at that time, Farmers. The carpark consists of two buildings connected by multiple bridges on each level, linking one building to another.

The highlight for me is the stairwell that rises from the middle of the roof top level, the corresponding stairwell on the other side and the industrial look of the building. As a bonus, the Art Deco Farmers store which is now the Heritage Hotel and a wall of interesting buildings serve as backdrop to two sides of the carpark.

Most of the time, I visit the carpark at lunchtime as it is generally when I do my photo walks.  Given I don’t have much of choice of what time I can visit the carpark, I make do with the angle of the sun and try and find my shots. However, what has always been a little disappointing to me is the large number of cars that park at this busy carpark. In my mind, I see two shots, both of the industrial stairwell. The first shot is a clean view of the stairwell without any cars and the second, the stairwell with a single classic car by the side.

I thought I break the cycle of workweek afternoon shots by cycling over this Saturday morning in the hope of a empty carpark before 8am. These are the result of my morning’s effort. I did not get the shots I was after but they are a record of what could be. I enjoyed being the only person in the carpark. Like a pencil holding rebel, I cycled up and down the bridges, going the opposite way, up and down the bridges connecting the two buildings. That hour of solitude composing the shots the way I want with no fear of my subjects looking up was very peaceful and nice. Great way to end a tough week.

NZ’s Approach

New Zealand is looking to eliminate COVID19 from our shores. It is an ambitious target that is fraught with difficulties. Apart from the scientific nature of the virus, there is also the practical considerations required to limit community transmissions. I do not know better that anyone out there in New Zealand or the world. I prefer to listen to experts and take their advice.

There is only 1 small issue with my approach. There does not seem to be a “common view” from the scientific community about what we should do. We can also add into this mix the differing view from local and national authorities and politicians. Just to make it exciting, it is election time in New Zealand and every dog and person has a view and point to score.

I’m no expert. My view is no more important than the next person in the cafe. All I can say is that while both major political parties in New Zealand have very different approaches to economic and social progress, I’m glad their main focus to help Kiwis. It is hard, scratch that, impossible to keep everyone happy. But in the long run, New Zealand wins. Like I was reminded this week, don’t overreact. Let’s stay positive and look after each other.