Remembrance Walk – Te Henga, Bethells Beach

Te Henga, Bethells Beach, Auckland
Te Henga, Bethells Beach, Auckland

There are so many places in Auckland that have strong associations to my beautiful late wife Amber McWilliams. Te Henga is one of them. Amber filmed The New Adventures of Black Beauty there in the early nineties, and it became a cherished soulful place for her to return to over the remainder of her life.

On occasions when the stars align I am able to make Fridays my reflection days, giving space to memories of Amber, and an opportunity to focus on grieving, life, living and the beauty of the world.

Today was a star aligning Friday, and my reflection day was at Te Henga, Bethells Beach, on the wild west coast of Auckland. I walked, sat, bathed in the sun, read my book, and took photos.

My favourite memories of Amber at Te Henga are: holding hands on the long drive out there; walking the beach and talking talking talking with the wind whipping the sand across our legs; swimming in the glorious cool yellow-water lake; chasing the kids around in the sand dunes; hearing Amber’s crazy horse riding stories and funny continuity errors from filming out there; and hiking the Te Henga Walkway from Muriwai to Bethells Beach with our friends Nik and Carmen – diving into the sea at Bethells at the end of the walk!

Today I tried to capture the mood and beauty of Te Henga, Bethells Beach. Here are my photographs for your enjoyment.

 

Te Henga, Bethells Beach, Auckland
Te Henga, Bethells Beach, Auckland
Te Henga, Bethells Beach, Auckland
Te Henga, Bethells Beach, Auckland
Te Henga, Bethells Beach, Auckland
Te Henga, Bethells Beach, Auckland
Te Henga, Bethells Beach, Auckland
Te Henga, Bethells Beach, Auckland
Te Henga, Bethells Beach, Auckland
Te Henga, Bethells Beach, Auckland
Te Henga, Bethells Beach, Auckland
Te Henga, Bethells Beach, Auckland
Te Henga, Bethells Beach, Auckland
Te Henga, Bethells Beach, Auckland
Te Henga, Bethells Beach, Auckland
Te Henga, Bethells Beach, Auckland
Te Henga, Bethells Beach, Auckland
Te Henga, Bethells Beach, Auckland
Te Henga, Bethells Beach, Auckland
Te Henga, Bethells Beach, Auckland
Te Henga, Bethells Beach, Auckland
Te Henga, Bethells Beach, Auckland
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Te Henga, Bethells Beach, Auckland
Te Henga, Bethells Beach, Auckland
Te Henga, Bethells Beach, Auckland
Te Henga, Bethells Beach, Auckland
Te Henga, Bethells Beach, Auckland

Walking in Wynyard Photography Exhibition

Last week my photography exhibition Walking in Wynyard came down. It was a great success with large numbers of visitors, lots of fantastic feedback and several sales.

The exhibition was at the ASB Waterfront Theatre, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland NZ.

A massive thank you to my terrific sponsors: Panuku Development Auckland, ASB Waterfront Theatre and iamb Ltd.

Exhibition Dates: 4 – 20 August 2017

This exhibition was created at the invitation of Panuku Development Auckland. It formed a part of the Wynyard Quarter 6th birthday celebrations on 5 August 2017, and continued for 2 weeks after.

As the client representative for Auckland Theatre Company during the building and commissioning of the new ASB Waterfront Theatre in Wynyard Quarter (2014 – 2017), I spent a lot of time in the Wynyard precinct at odd hours of the day and night.

The images in this exhibition are selected from hundreds of photographs I took in and around the Wynyard Quarter during those years, capturing the changing moods and atmosphere of the precinct.

The exhibition offers a unique perspective on the Wynyard precinct. By providing new views of familiar subjects, the images challenge the viewer to see the area with fresh eyes – to look up, and into corners, and down alleys.

In the words of French novelist Marcel Proust (1871-1922):
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

Here are the images from the exhibition.

Summer Rain (2017)
Summer Rain (2017)
Waikokota Lane (2017)
Waikokota Lane (2017)
Wind Tree (2017)
Wind Tree (2017)
Blue Wall 124 Halsey Street (2017)
Blue Wall 124 Halsey Street (2017)
Jack Tar Doors (2017)
Jack Tar Doors (2017)
Silo Park at Dawn (2017)
Silo Park at Dawn (2017)
Construction Site (2017)
Construction Site (2017)
Gull at Tank Farm (2016)
Gull at Tank Farm (2016)
Boy on the Pond (2016)
Boy on the Pond (2016)
Hire Bikes (2016)
Hire Bikes (2016)
Tank Stairs 1 (2016)
Tank Stairs 1 (2016)
Tank Stairs 2 (2016)
Tank Stairs 2 (2016)
Silo Park Photoshoot (2016)
Silo Park Photoshoot (2016)
Tram in the Shed (2015)
Tram in the Shed (2015)
Funnels at Night (2017)
Funnels at Night (2017)
Yacht Lights at Dusk (2016)
Yacht Lights at Dusk (2016)
Mooring Chains (2017)
Mooring Chains (2017)
ASB Building (2016)
ASB Building (2016)
Tram Tracks on Jellicoe Street (2016)
Tram Tracks on Jellicoe Street (2016)
Pou, Robert Jahnke (2016)
Pou, Robert Jahnke (2016)
Street Life North Wharf (2017)
Street Life North Wharf (2017)
Rushworth Cafe (2017)
Rushworth Cafe (2017)
Silo Stairs at Night
Silo Stairs at Night
Hamer Street Tanks (2015)
Hamer Street Tanks (2015)
Basketball Players (2015)
Basketball Players (2015)
Shag
Shag (2015)