Glimpses of the night city

Auckland Town Hall; opened in 1911 and one of the city's most distinctive (and loved) buildings. Photo: Su Leslie 2014. Shot on iPhone4.

Auckland Town Hall; opened in 1911 and one of the city’s most distinctive (and loved) buildings. Photo: Su Leslie 2014. Shot with iPhone4.

A couple of weeks ago I arranged to meet my son in town for dinner. I’ve written about the drama of travelling the one kilometre to our meeting point, and how stressful I found being in gridlocked traffic for around an hour. However, on the bright side, I did manage to snap a few photos along the way.

St Patrick's Cathedral, Auckland. Opened in 1908 this is the Cathedral of the Catholic Bishop of Auckland. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone 4.

St Patrick’s Cathedral, Auckland. Opened in 1908 this is the Cathedral of the Catholic Bishop of Auckland. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone 4.

I spent about 20 minutes travelling along Wyndham Street and couldn’t help noticing how peaceful and welcoming the church appeared; lit in white and gold against an inky sky.

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St. Patrick’ Cathedral, Auckland. Warm and welcoming on a cold, wet night. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4.

Once the most prominent buildings on the landscape were religious or civic structures. Now we celebrate capitalism with ever-taller towers and apartment blocks. I do like the way the Sky Tower changes its colour scheme though. The purple felt very reassuring as my car crawled up Hobson Street.

Auckland's SkyTower. The tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere according to Wikipedia. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4.

Auckland’s SkyTower. The tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere according to Wikipedia. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4.

This week is Challenger’s Choice at Sally’s Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge. I’m not sure quite how to categorise my contribution; it is architecture, shot at night, from the street . They could have been travel photos, but I wasn’t travelling too much, so maybe still life would be a better description?

Here are some other’ bloggers contributions that I liked:

http://allkindsaeverything.wordpress.com/2014/05/28/phoneography-and-non-slr-challenge-travel/

http://walktheselftalk.com/2014/05/27/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-objects/

http://artifactsandfictions.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/travel-and-ansel-adams/

http://angelinem.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/phoneography-challenge-at-days-end/

http://pictograf.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-memorial-still-life/

http://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-challengers-choice-scent-ual/

http://completelydisappear.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/watching-you/

http://streetsofsfphotos.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/entryways-8-photos/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2014/05/26/iphoneography-monday-5-26-14/

http://firebonnet.com/2014/05/26/phoneography-flash-our-turbo-comes-home/

Here are some other bloggers contributions that

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13 thoughts on “Glimpses of the night city

  1. Su,Dear ! What heavenly night shots you captured ! Every cloud has a silver lining and here we are with some magnificent photos ! The church looks so celestial against the night sky and the huge constructions are so imposing ! Loved the juxtaposition of the divine next to the power of capitalism … Man never stops being ambitious.
    Great work,my friend ! Hope you enjoyed your dinner with the young man …
    Love β™₯β™₯β™₯ and hugs, Doda πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you Doda. I did indeed have a wonderful dinner with my son. He is growing into a fine young man – and was the strength and support I needed when I was stuck for so long in traffic – until his phone went flat and I couldn’t text him anymore πŸ™‚ I have a great love of St Patrick’s Cathedral. I always seem to encounter it on cold wet nights and it radiates the kind of warmth I think churches ought to. Thank you again. πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you Sally; the first image is the only one not shot through the car window, and is probably closer to doing the building justice than the others. I don’t do much night photography either but when I do I enjoy it. πŸ™‚

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  3. I love all your shots! They have such character and speak of where you were when you were taking them. and beauty of the buildings shine through the car windows… I like the idea of the comfort of the cathedral as well as the purple!

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