A Photo a Day of Christchurch New Zealand

Building on Madras Street

This building (well ruin really) is on Madras street right by the NG building. I spent a few hours walking around the city this lunchtime and it’s still a surreal experience. Sometimes I think ‘wow did this really happen?’. It still seems so odd that my city has suffered so much loss and destruction. And yet, at the same time, I can go about my business most days of the week and turn off to what I see – I have to some extent become de-sensitised to constant road works, cranes, ruined buildings, half de-constructed buildings, pop-up food and coffee stalls, and very damaged homes. After a while it becomes the norm. But then, I have those moments when it all just seems too weird to be real.

I’m not sure what the green graffiti art is supposed to be, some kind of monster perhaps? A reference to something I’m not aware of maybe? Whatever it is, they were pushing their luck doing it on that wall!


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Michelle is a Christchurch web designer and photography fan living in Christchurch New Zealand.


  1. Lachezar on October 28, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    That’s is what a taxi driver said to me: “you just get used to it” and I said to him, you are bravely living through it, but getting used to it, I don’t think so.
    Anyway, I admire your spirit, and your photographs as always!

    • Michelle on October 29, 2012 at 9:15 am

      Thanks Lachezar, we are certainly living in ‘interesting times’!

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