Warkworth photos capture public’s imagination

Posted at 11:25am Monday 04 Nov, 2019

An historic photo exhibition held in Warkworth, in conjunction with the 50th Kowhai Festival and Auckland Heritage Festival last month, looks set to be held every three years.

Captured: A photographic time capsule of Warkworth was organised by Burnette O'Connor, Rachel Callender, Claire-Marie Blair and Jannette Thompson.

It takes a long-term view of recording the district's growth through the lens of a camera.

The organisers say the two-day exhibition in the old Masonic Hall was well-attended and the photos were conversation starters.

“The idea is to build a library of images over time, which will be a valuable resource for years to come,” they say.

“Warkworth's status as a satellite town in the Auckland Plan means the town will see unprecedented growth over the next 25 years. When our neighbourhoods expand to cover the green fields we see around us today, it will be easy to forget that it wasn't always like that.”

The project involves repeating the photographs taken from the same seven vantage points around Warkworth every three years. Drone shots of the township will also be replicated.

The collection will be stored at the Warkworth Museum and eventually made available online.

The exhibition would not have been possible without generous support of the Beverley Simmons Estate, Mahu Community Trading Post, Warkworth Community Shop, Hutchinson Consulting Engineers, Buckton Consulting Surveyors, LDE Warkworth, Pacific Environments, Skywork Helicopters, Warkworth Museum, Warkworth Lions, One Warkworth and Mahurangi Matters.

The organisers are keen to hear from anyone who might be interested in collaborating on future exhibitions. Contact Rachel at rachel@onewarkworth.co.nz


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