I was honoured to be invited to my cousin, Doug’s, secret photography spot; the off the Rendezvous Hotel, Christchurch’s tallest building since the earthquake toppled the rest.
Doug is one half of The Heather and Doug Records, a professional photography couple. He has special permission to visit the roof of the hotel for his photography projects. While up there, I snapped a few photos myself (obviously only as an amateur photographer… on my iPhone. I took some with a better camera but appear to have misplaced those thanks to my excellent filing system).
Along with the photos, I took a quick video (really just to demonstrate the sounds of the rebuild – quite impressive from above) and managed to take a 360° panorama of Christchurch using the iPhone app of the same name, by Occipital.
You can move around inside that or view it as the awesome ‘globe’ image that’s in the title of this post. Here are a few more general shots:
The Christ Church Cathedral. Note the surrounding buildings are also boarded up, no lights on.
Cleared sites along Manchester Street. Lots of larger buildings with no lights on. Calendar Girls standing loud and proud in front of Les Mills.
More cleared sites. The new ‘cardboard cathedral’ illuminated nicely.
Looking more to the west, past the new Novotel Hotel. Tall building to the right is empty.
Cousin Doug, hard at work.