{Disposable Camera Blog Circle} A Grey Day in Berhampore, Wellington

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When we recently moved from Perth, Australia to my homeland of New Zealand, we stayed a couple of weeks with my mum in Wellington (the capital city) before moving to a nearby town to settle.  My mum lives in a small city-fringe suburb called Berhampore (pronounced ber-ham-por – go figure).  During my questing, wandering, soul searching years of my 20s, I would often come back to rest and regroup to my mum’s house, so Berhampore is a familiar place to me.  Wellington in general was my soul-home for many years.

When I took my Australian partner there, I saw it through new eyes – his eyes.  Where I saw the quaint comfort of home, he saw a place that was “old” and “like going back in time”.

We have a saying in Welly (as she is affectionately known by those who love her) – “You can’t beat Wellington on a good day.”  It’s true, you can’t – on a good day, it is magical.  The problem is, the good days are scantily given by a city that is often cold, grey and wet.  Being a warm weather lover, it was the weather that eventually drove me away.

When a bunch of lovely women in the film mama group suggested a disposable camera project and blog circle, I decided to use mine to capture this wee suburb.  It just so happened that the day I went out was a grey and wet one, and while I wished it was sunny to capture it in its best light, as it was I did end up capturing one aspect of the reality of living here – grey grey days.

I wanted to capture the “oldness” that I had newly had my eyes opened up to, but without losing the quaint charm I still see when I am there.  The houses nestled amongst the hills, the greenery, the quiet streets.

I think the use of a disposable camera ended up lending the images a kind of “retro” look that kind of fits the subject matter.

So here you go – I give you Berhampore on a Grey Day… as captured by a Kodak Funsaver (with 800 speed film) and myself.

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Turns out disposables do not fare well inside in dim light!

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The sign says “bus stop gallery”.

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7disposablecameramarch2014AA019Something I had never paid the slightest attention to that my partner pointed out was the power lines.  In Perth, the power lines are under the street.

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9disposablecameramarch2014AA017“Little boxes, on a hillside, little boxes, made of ticky tacky…”

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11disposablecameramarch2014AA015Wellington is a very hilly place.  However, the whole city was designed and planned in England, back in the day.  As a result, there are some “streets” which are in fact staircases because they are too steep to be streets.

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Disposable cameras are a really fun challenge.  If all those grey skies have made you feel a bit… well… grey, head over to see Jenny Owens’ take on using a disposable camera, this time an underwater one, by clicking here.  Then continue to follow the links to see disposable cameras in use around the world, following the circle all the way back around to this post again.

Gardening with Nana

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Where we lived previously, we were a two flight, full day journey away from my mum – Scarlett’s only grandmother.  Scarlett had only spent time with her nana on about four separate occasions until now.  So these photos are extra special.  I love that they get to build a stronger relationship now that we are closer.

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These images were shot on film, using a mixture of Lomography 400 and Portra 800 film stock on my Canon Elan IIe, scanned myself on my Pakon.

This post is shared as part of the monthly film mama blog circle.  Next up in the circle is Lauren Mitchell.  View her super funky Holga images by clicking here, then continue to follow the circle full of film goodness using the links in each post until you come all the way around back here again :-)

A Trip To Wellington Zoo

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During our stay in Wellington (before our big move to our new town of residence in Palmerston North), we took advantage of a lovely day to take Scarlett on a trip to Wellington Zoo.  She had an absolute blast, although was less interested in the actual animals than running around and looking at all the other fun things like the stationary tuk tuk and the sandpit.  Although getting to touch a blue-tongued lizard and a turtle did stick in her mind!

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eFeb14Lomo400ZooAA019Sticking her tongue out like the lizard!

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Running with Daddy!

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Driving with Aunty Jessie

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The cool tuk tuk!

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All images shot on film, mostly on Lomography 400 film on my Canon Elan IIe, apart from the last two, which are on Fuji Superia 200.  All scanned by myself on my Pakon.

Picnic on Mt Vic

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Once moved over from Perth to New Zealand, we spent a couple of weeks in Wellington with my family.  They were a stressful couple of weeks trying to get our money transferred across to NZ and buy a car in order to make it up to Palmy for Adam to start work on time.  We did have a few nice trips around Wellington though.  One was a picnic we took up to the top of Mt Victoria with Aunty Jessie on a sunny day for a view over the city.

There is a saying where I’m from that “you can’t beat Wellington on a good day”.  Sometimes good days can feel few and far between, but when they come, they sure are gorgeous :-)

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These images were shot on Lomography 400 film in my Canon Elan IIe and scanned by myself on my Pakon.