Last weekend I joined my first photo walk; Scott Kelby’s 6th annual worldwide photo walk, to be precise. Me and my walking group – a combination of professional and hobby photographers – set out to explore Auckland’s Karangahape Road (K’Road) on a 2 hour self-guided walk.
There is a simple reason: I
suck royally fail when it comes to capturing moments of daily life. Street photography makes me feel like a perpetrator stalking the neighbourhood and hoping for some emotional shots.
Sure, I could ask if people allow me to take their picture, but I am no fan of fake posing, which is what happens in most cases when people are aware of a camera pointing at them. Moreover, taking photos without permission can be a legal limbo too.
These are the main reason why documenting K’Road through my lens was quite a challenge, and why I ended up with a huge majority of shots showing not a single person (if you have ever been to K’Road you know that this by itself can be a challenge too).
Instead, I tried to focus on all the small details which make K’Road special: The over a century old tomb stones in Symonds Street Cemetery, not far from colourful vintage stores forwarding you right into the 1960s; the neo-greek architecture of St Kevin’s Arcade (decorated with graffiti wall art which makes you feel like in the 1990s); the floor tiles of Pitt Street Methodist Church and the very modern though enchanted backyards at Beresford Square. Quite a time travel!
If you want to explore K’Road and Myers Park, where the town of Auckland has been founded in 1840, I recommend to have a closer look at the heritage sites of kroad.com or to join one of their free guided tours taking place almost daily.
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