03 September 2010


An old bunker on the Lyttelton harbour side of Godley Head looks out over dry grass, lichen-covered rock and the far-below sea. Inside, echoes from the graffitied concrete walls sound like the past, unable to escape.

[18 January 2010; Canon 20D, 10–22 mm f4 at 10 mm, ISO 200, 1/60 at f11] 

All content © 2010 Pete McGregor


Relatively Retiring said...

What an evocative photo.
I know the sound of those echoes from the many 'Pill Boxes' and bunkers still scattered around the British coastline. Many years ago your two young cousins rushed in to one to explore, but came out quickly, looking very anxious, saying, 'There are men still fighting in there but you can't see them.'

PATERIKA HENGREAVES, Poet Laureate said...

Hi Pete

The photo sends my mind into deep thought. Thanks for sharing.

Hope all is well with you and your family after that earthquake that struck New Zealand.

Take care

pohanginapete said...

RRm that's a wonderful story! Thank you :^)

Paterika, thank you. I'm fine; my friends and relatives in Christchurch are all right too, although they'll have some substantial cleaning up and other tasks to attend to.

GUNS said...

there's just something about old places, particularly ones that were caught up in work of some kind.. they seem thick with lost moments... I love this photo, I can almost feel the place from here!

leonie said...

Seeing this photograph brings back memories of sitting having a picnic with friends on top of one of the bunkers in Wellington, watching the planes land as the sun was setting.

I like the colours in your one, ours was just grey. Oh, and covered in graffiti of course!

pohanginapete said...

GUNS, "...thick with lost moments..." — what a wonderful phrase. Thanks :^)

Leonie, the colours are definitely important in this. I grey-scaled it and it just didn't work.

Michael said...

I feel a sense of vertigo looking into this window. Love the colour.

pohanginapete said...

Thanks Michael. I think you'd enjoy wandering around there, listening, seeing, noticing.