Dust in the Wind

Skycity, Auckland City 2019 (photo credit: Christian Espinoza)

I close my eyes, only for a moment, and the moment’s gone.

All my dreams pass before my eyes, a curiosity. Dust in the wind. All they are is dust in the wind

Same old song, just a drop of water in an endless sea. All we do crumbles to the ground though we refuse to see.

Dust in the wind. All we are is dust in the wind. Oh, ho, ho.

Now, don’t hang on, nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky

It slips away

And all your money won’t another minute buy

Dust in the wind

All we are is dust in the wind.”

– Kansas, 1978.

Fire in the Sky

Auckland City, NZ. October 22, 2019 (Photo Credit: Christian Espinoza)

Today the streets of Auckland Central were at a stand still as fire and black smoke engulfed the blue sky.

Passers by including myself looked on in awe and took pictures as the roof of the Skycity Convention Centre went up in flames.

There is a raging and unstoppable burning fire tonight.

Civil defence have issued an emergency alert to all mobile phones across the city. We are being told to stay indoors and away from the toxic smoke.

Tonight will be restless from some, as firefighters carry on through the night.

The fire burns on, hard and fast.

Hidden Places

Avondale, Auckland NZ 2012 (photo credit: Christian Espinoza)

Explore in your own backyard.

Or go walkabouts to places unknown, get lost and figure out your way back. Venture out for a surprise like I do (usually with my camera in hand and a stash of film).

I was on assignment by Metro Magazine to get images from several markets in Auckland City, including the pic shown here taken in Avondale Sunday market. More of a flea market, there were hidden gems everywhere. Finding people of all shapes and sizes, looking for knick-knacks, fresh vegetables, and some clown heads to toss balls at in exchange of prizes.

I have a genuine love of people, and when I am behind the camera I feel I create a sense of closeness. Maybe it’s more of a desire for something raw. When I don’t have a camera I notice I keep my distance and am considerably more reserved.

Wherever you find yourself, notice your instinctual responses. This self discovery can happen daily, it needn’t wait or become monumental. This daily reflection process has helped develop my work and the way I approach my practice.

No one moment is most important. Any moment can be something.”

– Garry Winogrand