Eden Park turns into ex­hi­bi­tion space

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - HUGH COLLINS

A pho­to­graphic ex­hi­bi­tion is set to launch at Eden Park, but it won’t be fea­tur­ing any All Blacks.

Shot by Kings­land pho­tog­ra­pher Lee How­ell, Our Neigh­bour­hood fea­tures pho­tos and sto­ries of peo­ple in­volved with the leg­endary Auck­land sports ground, which dates back to 1900.

How­ever, How­ell said he had not pho­tographed a sin­gle ath­lete as the project was purely about the peo­ple off the pitch that make the ground spe­cial.

‘‘To hear peo­ple’s sto­ries, to hear the pas­sion that peo­ple have about this place and the mem­o­ries, it’s been beau­ti­ful,’’ How­ell said.

The project fea­tures a mix of res­i­dents, sup­port­ers, fans and even a few sup­pli­ers, he said.

‘‘It’s very much a com­mu­nity based project.’’

The ex­hi­bi­tion was in­spired by How­ell’s Kings­land Project, an ex­hi­bi­tion he ran in Septem­ber which doc­u­mented the faces and at­mos­phere of the vi­brant Auck­land sub­urb.

Eden Park gen­eral man­ager Nick Saut­ner saw the ex­hi­bi­tion and ap­proached How­ell about do­ing some­thing sim­i­lar for Eden Park.

‘‘The sta­dium is revered by so many around the world and has such a rich his­tory, it seemed an ideal op­por­tu­nity,’’ Saut­ner said.

One of the faces of the ex­hi­bi­tion is a pas­tor whose par­ents met at Eden Park.

An­other is a long time mem­ber who re­calls camp­ing out at the gates to get the best seats for the 1966 Lions Tour.

The project is en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers to share their own Eden Park sto­ries for a chance to win a 12-month mem­ber­ship for four peo­ple.

Saut­ner said this is be­cause the sto­ries in the ex­hi­bi­tion barely scratch the sur­face of Eden

LEE HOW­ELL

Pas­tor Ge­off Wick­lund holds a photo of his par­ents, who met at Eden Park.

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