Last weekend I had the chance to visit Auckland’s Town Hall together with 12 other photographers; all of us hellbent on getting photos of the organ (which is the largest musical instrument in New Zealand). The city’s Town Hall is a popular and frequently booked venue for all kinds of concerts. I have seen the lovely Regina Spektor here and enjoyed a fun performance of Tenacious D.
However, last weekend’s photo meetup definitely had the most surprising twist: I got locked up inside the Town Hall foyer on a long weekend!
Spoiler alert: I didn’t stay in there for the whole weekend. But before telling more I want to show you a few of the photos I took so you can imagine the place while reading the end of the story below this gallery.
So what happened? I was taking photos (obviously) in the foyer of the building when I saw my fellow photogs moving back to the Great Hall and towards the stage exit. I packed my camera and tripod and followed them till I found myself in front of a big wooden door – locked.
At first I thought I must have mistaken the door, so I went ahead and tried all of them – none opened. Now I started to knock two, three times at each available door. I was sure someone would hear me since everyone left only a minute earlier – negative. I started reflecting on my situation: I was locked up in a public building which would be closed over the long weekend (Monday was a holiday here), but I had no idea how to benefit from being locked into the building’s foyer (I might have had ideas for the concert hall though, haha).
For a few minutes I relied on the head count. We were 13 when we entered. One of us had to leave ealier, leaving 12 of us. But apparently there was no final head count / rescue in sight…
I ended up making use of my all time low battery mobile phone before it conked out and started setting up a phone chain. I called my boyfriend, who then called the photo meetup organizer, who then called a woman from security, who finally got back to me and managed to navigate me through Auckland’s Town Hall using the camera surveillance system.
I am happy to tell you that I now know how to leave the building in case this ever happens to me again (never say never, right!?). I regained my freedom after 30 minutes. Neither any persons nor property have been harmed during / after my little adventure ;-)
Oh, and I learned one day later that there has been a final head count. They counted 11 and assumed someone else left earlier without informing the rest of us. Kiwi style!
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