As part of my Fine Arts intermediate year we study each of the five different disciplines taught at Canterbury University, in a rotation of two weeks each, during the first semester. I’ve just finished photography. This is the result of that project, on “place”. I didn’t know in advance what the two weeks involve, but I thought it might be the place where I felt most comfortable. Not so, it was very difficult. We all had to dig deep to express why a chosen place was important to us.
I found that writing the words was the hardest part. The words could not be captions for the photographs, and the photographs could not be illustrations for the words. I’ve used the words to title the images.
The place is the site of St Mary’s Church, Merivale, in Christchurch. I was baptised there, attended each Sunday as a school girl, and Ron and I were married there. It was damaged during the earthquakes and it was emotional to watch bulldozers demolish it. Plans for a new church were announced recently, a collaboration with another parish. I like that idea. The old church was a special place for me, and the new one will be a special place for others too.