Toitū & Immersing Oneself in the Past

Photo Journal time again! This time it’s Toitū, Otago Settlers Museum. Toitū was reopened last December, and has been a local success since.

Inside the entrance of Toitū

Inside the entrance of Toitū

With various displays, ranging from Maori explorers and first settlers, to what the future of this little city could be it’s quite the experience. It also features the latest in interactive museum exhibit technology, with touchscreen interactive displays located throughout the museum.

First Great City interactive display

First Great City interactive display

There is also a research centre where anyone can research Toitū’s collections on Dunedin and it’s inhabitants. There is even a small section on Creative Cities!

Creative Dunedin - The story of Dunedin's literary past

Creative Dunedin – The story of Dunedin’s literary past

All in all a fun place to go for an hour, or an afternoon, however much time you have! It can be a learning experience if you want it to be, or it can simply be a good place to immerse yourself in the city’s past.

The photo journal can be found here on the blogs imgur site

Their Place In The World

Parading down Stuart Street

Parading down Stuart Street

It’s mid Autumn, meaning that here in Dunedin it’s Graduation time. For me this meant taking pictures of my two flatmates who both graduated on Saturday. Unlike my graduation in December last year, they were lucky enough to have a beautifully clear day, with azure blue skies and crisp autumn foliage.

It also marked some of my classmates graduation, meaning that the last Design Studies students from the University are now graduates. I’m pretty proud of us, the last Design Studies class, we certainly had an interesting experience, but we came out the other side and now have degrees!

As I  wasn’t graduating, and technically working as a photographer, it was really lovely to see how everyone’s friends and families were there for them. It was hard not to get caught up in the day with my flatmates and their families.

Graduation is a big tradition in Dunedin, and everyone chooses to celebrate it slightly differently. For me it was a personal dinner with my family, but walking around Dunedin in the evening it was evident that everyone else had their own interpretation of how best to celebrate.

So congratulations to everyone who graduated and will be over the next few weekends. If anyone is in need of a photographer, I’m free!

Jon Thom and Insiders Dunedin

So the most recent Insiders Dunedin video is on Jon Thom. Originally from Central Otago, Jon runs his own company Moodie Tuesday here in Dunedin, his works are mainly done in charcoal.

I was lucky enough to go see Jon being featured in the Artists Room here in Dunedin last year, it was a great opportunity to see his work in person. The textures his work contains are stunning and provide a wonderful feeling of depth to his pieces.

I was also able to attend Undone and Moodie Tuesday’s  Fashion Week Showcase for iD Fashion Week here in Dunedin. My favourites from the showcase were a pair of skull paintings that glowed due to the fluorescent lighting used at the showcase. Found here on Moodie Tuesday

Jon also works with Motion Sickness Studio (who made the above video), which has been open less than a year and already has contracts around Dunedin.

So basically, go look at Moodie Tuesday, Motion Sickness Studio and support one of our own if you can!

Jon’s personal website is also here.