Having no particular reason to drive to Opunake, other than it was the most westward part of Taranaki, we were quite stunned to find a super abundance of wall murals called "Reflections of Opunake" 1900 - 2000. Commissioned by the Egmont Arts Council, designer and painter Dennis Lattimer completed these during April-May 2002.
Opunake Surf Boating
Sunlight was pouring off this side wall mural of the Opunake surf life savers. Exposing for it threw the rest of the street into shadow, and further darkness following a few computer tweaks.
Surf Lodge 35
Photographing buildings face-on seems to appeal to me, maybe because of my early draughting career, when we deigned buildings by drawing them square-on as elevation views. The neat thing here is that from this approach I could get a peek of Mt Egmont, up the side street and beyond.
Making up the Road
How would you feel if you knew you had a steamroller bearing down on you? This is the fun of waiting for people to come alone, to help build up a story
On at Everbodys' movie theatre
Being on the shady side of the street I saw this as an opportunity to generally underexpose the scene and work up the mural as if lit up like a movie screen.