Of late there has been a huge upswing in the trend towards ‘colourising’ old monochrome photos. Adding colour to monochrome isn’t new, of course – there was a whole industry devoted to ‘hand tinting’ back in the day. It was done to give people the feel of being there. Special oil paints were manufactured for … More The art of colourising old photographs
I am beginning to wonder whether the real nature of humanity is not care or nurture, but psychotic violence. It’s not just the relentless streams of the latter that flow past me in the news. It’s something I discovered directly, the other week. I was in my home town of Napier, taking a photo of … More Are humans really just violent, psychotic apes?
I love science. Check out this photo of NASA astronaut Alan Bean descending the ladder of lunar module Intrepid during the Apollo 12 mission in 1969 and about to set foot on the Oceanus Procellarum. Know what’s so awesome about it? Other than the fact that – hey – these guys are on the moon, … More Why science is so awesome
The latest batch of quakes to hammer central New Zealand got me thinking. In past decades the usual face of such events were street-scapes of broken buildings and scattered debris, typified by the ruin that struck Napier and Hastings in 1931. That disaster cued more than half a century of active quake-proofing measures, bolstered by … More The modern face of earthquakes in New Zealand
This week’s NaNo writing prompt is a photo I took of crowds at the 2016 art deco festival in Napier, New Zealand. The festival draws around 40,000 people to central Napier, many of them in period costume – it has to be one of the largest displays of public cosplay in the world. Everybody has … More This week’s NaNo writing prompt
This week’s NaNo writing prompt is a photo I took of a 1920 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost on display in early 2016 at Art Deco weekend in Napier, New Zealand. Copyright © Matthew Wright 2016
I took a few photos of central Wellington after the magnitude 7.8 quake that struck near Culverden on Monday. The energy of the quake was directed north, which is why Wellington was far harder hit than Christchurch, although Culverden is mid-way between the two cities. The plus-side, as far as I could see, was that … More A walk through Wellington after the 2016 quake
Stuck for ideas? Here’s a photo I took inside Sir Peter Jackson’s amazing ‘Knights of the Sky’ exhibition at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre near Blenheim. This awesome 1:1 scale diorama has a story attached to it, involving a Kiwi pilot, seen here outside his aircraft, piloting it down after suffering severe control-surface damage – … More This week’s NaNo writing inspiration
This week’s writing planning prompt is a photo I took of a silver fern frond. The fern is iconic to New Zealand. Copyright © Matthew Wright 2016
This week’s writing planning prompt is a photo I took of Sydney Opera House – one of Australia’s most iconic buildings. Copyright © Matthew Wright 2016
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