The Wellingtonbased photographer took his family to Kāpiti for the day when he photographed a holiday home by John Melhuish (p.82).
You’ve been in NZ for a couple of years. What were you doing before that? I lived just outside of London and worked with architects and design agencies photographing buildings and views of the city. Met a Kiwi girl, and the rest is history.
What strikes you about architecture here? Being in Wellington, the first thing that strikes me is that there is less of it (I’ve just been back to London and can’t believe how much has gone up in two years), but so much of Wellington’s architecture is under-appreciated. I’m doing a personal project to photograph the 300 or so earthquake-prone buildings and there are some real gems about.
What do you like about the Peka Peka house you shot? There are very few spaces that you walk into and get an immediate sense of calm. The building fits into the space so well with the trees and banks making you feel secluded and comforted, as though it has been there forever. Simple, subtle and elegant architecture like this is hard to create.
Plans for escape this summer? Beach and family, probably north.