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.
Turns out disposables do not fare well inside in dim light!
The sign says “bus stop gallery”.
Wellington 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.
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.