Monavale Homestead 100 Year Fair, Cambridge, New Zealand.

Monavale Homestead

There is much that resonates here. For me it is all to do with growing up in a place not far from here – 15 km distant (9 miles, or so, in old speak). In many ways it is the place I grew up (no, not the flash house – definitely not – but the atmosphere; busy, rural, peaceful – comforting and comfortable. I felt it during the World Rowing Championships (OK, so this was something of a stretch but, none the less, still there) and the KWTJubilee celebrations. Gatherings on grass! Cars parked in rows on pasture – paddocks to us – folk relaxing and enjoying their families. Sights, sounds and smells.

The Monavale Homestead 100 Year Fair is an innocent affair in keeping with the ethos of the current owners and befitting of the subject at hand. I’m bemused by young North American voices attempting to explain cricket (among other things) to one another – in voices that carry somewhat when you are unused to hearing them :) – many of those who live in this faith community, do so during a ‘gap year’ – I know there is more to it than this but there did seem a fair number in their late teens / early 20s.

The history – well, to be honest – I didn’t read much of it (I am fairly familiar) being more interested in the here and now – which I photographed – as I do. Not sure I’ve been hugely successful – there are some gems and some misses along with the usual ho hums – made over a 90 minute period – some interactions with people and some not (thanks to those who indulged me when asked). I do hope the images are enjoyed.

Should I explain? Oh, OK! The recurring motif is, of course, the birthday house – which appears in just under 60% of these images – close up, as interiors or merely as a hint. This is intentional – the discipline being to place the building within an image that is pleasing – as I say; some work some don’t – I would problably have edited the number back from 100 to about 50 if I was being really staunch – but as folk saw me photographing and will be looking for themselves and family, 100 it is (the original capture or ‘acquisition’ as they say was 375 – with many repeats of slight variation). acquisition:20/11/2010, first edit:21/11/2010, second edit:26/11/2010 – still not happy but we will go with this finally published 11:43 26/11/2010.

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