In Tandom

The tanning of leather for footwear production in New Zealand was, until the mid 1980's, protected by tariffs which raised the price of imported footwear. Global trade pressure prevailed, however, and the 1990's saw New Zealand tanneries shift to selling at international leather fairs, with China and the United States becoming the most significant markets. … Continue reading In Tandom

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Dot On A Landscape

This chimney is part of a meat freezing works that operated between 1890 and 1987 on a site spanning 26 acres. It only operated independently for 6 years before being taken over by its major creditor, the National Mortgage and Agency Company of New Zealand. In 1940 it began its second half-century under the ownership … Continue reading Dot On A Landscape

Carb’s Up

It feels somewhat ironic that this industrial site is classed as a Category I Historic Place. What is being commemorated includes: the unregulated 1930's; the polluting of a nearby stream and lake with the deliberate discharge of poisonous byproducts including phenols, ammonia and hydrocarbons; the amassing onsite of 15,000 cubic metres of waste liquid and … Continue reading Carb’s Up

Circuit Breakers

This 600 MW thermal power station has dominated the landscape since its construction in 1972, with a 90 foot tall chimney made from 16,400 tonnes of concrete, 1200 tonnes of reinforcing steel and almost 1,000,000 bricks. Decommissioned in 2007, its demolition is now well underway, relegating the environments captured on video here to mere memories. … Continue reading Circuit Breakers

This Too Shall Pass

This War of the Worlds-esque tripod crane is the last remaining of its kind on the Wellington waterfront. There were once nine of these along Glasgow Wharf. Tripod cranes were in use throughout the world until outmoded by the introduction of container shipping in the 1960's. Shot and edited in 1080p full HD by Gunner.

Sharps

Until quite recently, this glass factory a few hours out of Sofia, Bulgaria had conveyor belts loaded with bottles in-the-making, (to use a cliche) frozen in time. Now only a shell remains. (And now for another cliche.) Time marches on. Shot and edited in 4K ultra high definition by Gunner.

Next Stop Dust

Judging by the artefacts left, it is clear that this office building a few hours out of Sofia, Bulgaria, made good use of its proximity to the neighbouring glass factory. The factory is now all but gone: a shell of what it once was. But next door stands a fulsome, crumbling archive of studious human … Continue reading Next Stop Dust