My wife and I had a small holiday break recently, the first time in quite a while!
So we decided to do a roadtrip, the roadtrip was a perfect way to spend some time together, explore and of course do some photography.
My wife did most of the driving and I was to tell her to stop when I saw something to photograph. (I tread pretty lightly with this privilege because it works really well…)
For this part of the trip we were traveling in the middle of the day, not the most ideal time for photography but I wanted to make the most of the opportunity.
The most common things I like to stop and shoot while traveling in the day are physical man made things so; architecture, old cottages and things with texture, as more often than not if I have to shoot in the day I’m likely to go black and white for the edit.
The Kimberley Centre was perfect for this occasion.
The Kimberley Centre is based just outside of Levin in the North Island of New Zealand and is a closed facility for the disabled which in it’s time was one of the best in the world and made up for a large part of the local community.
The facility has been closed since 2006. The land has since recently been purchased and is being completely re-developed into a retirement village.
After looking in from the perimeter of the facility (which did have fences and no trespassing signs) we soon discovered a driveway in, this is where the development is starting to take place.
The Kimberley Centre Facility was actually huge! Way bigger than I expected so we just got around to a couple of the buildings that caught our attention.
From what I understand some groups use a few of the buildings so some of the buildings weren’t in too horrendous of a condition, The chapel on the grounds has been renovated restored by the new developers
For me this was my first adventure into something like this, it was great to be able to take a look around and not have concern for being arrested or so which I’m sure my wife wouldn’t have enjoyed on our holiday.
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Since I can remember I have always had an appreciation for the architecture of churches. Living in a young country such as New Zealand, where our oldest building dates back to 1822 we don’t have super old features or designs, but I definitely appreciate the age gap and can appreciate soaking up a bit of heritage through my lens.
Here are just a few I have recently managed to photograph, these are 19th century rural churches which I absolutely adore!