|Portraits from a Broken City (2012)|
|In 2010 and 2011, the New Zealand city of Christchurch was rocked by a series of major earthquakes.
The first of these earthquakes measured 7.1 on the Richter scales and occurred at 4.00am on Saturday, September 4th, 2010, and incredibly there were minimal casualties, but on Tuesday 22nd of February, 2011, Christchurch was not so lucky. One particularly strong aftershock destroyed several already weakened buildings and killed 185 people while injuring hundreds more. In the immediate aftermath of this disaster the central city was fenced of and for the next two years the central city remained an exclusion zone while more than two-thirds of the buildings were demolished.
Portraits from a Broken City is my personal response to the disaster. It is a collection of over 90 portraits of local residents photographed in their environments. The work is yet to be exhibited.