This month we had the assignment of "Beautiful Ugly". Take something ugly, and look at the beautiful aspects of it.
It took me a while to find something, but I'm really happy with the result - but I feel this needs a bit of explanation.
I chose to photograph a shed. This shed is derelict, looks like its about to fall down, and if you live in Helensville or its surrounds, or you have travelled north via State Highway 16 you may be familiar with it.
Here is a quick snap shot of what is possibly thought of as an eyesore
But this shed actually has a fair bit of history behind it. Known as the "Slaughterhouse", it is situated on the original Dye's property. Mr Dye was one of the first settlers in Kaukapakapa, and in many ways responsible for getting the economy up and going by running his own shop and transport along the waterways which wind their way through Helensville and Kaukapakapa.
So how did I go about making it look beautiful?
To say I was blessed with amazing light is an understatement - it was late in the afternoon and it had been a mixed up day weather wise. Typical Auckland, had provided thunder storms, hail, rain and sunshine all within the space of a couple of hours - the clouds were dramatic and the last photo in particular shows the late afternoon sun lighting up the shed with the dark rainy clouds behind. Yes it is a derelict shed but the surroundings amazing.
And as if to say see you later, as I was walking towards my car to leave, one last glance had this surprise waiting...
Now please visit Andee who is next in our blog circle and see how she interpreted "Beautiful Ugly"