New Zealand

Last month we visited New Zealand.

According to Wikipedia, New Zealand is the last country discovered by humans.  We got that feeling starting with the flight alone. It’s 18+ hours from the east coast of the United States. And as the plane approached it was clear to us that we have never seen a place like this before.

The country largely speaking is made up of the north island and the south island.

The north is a result of volcanic activity while the south island is a result of glacial activity. The north and south landscape couldn’t look more different and yet it’s all one proud country with a distinct Māori culture and such wonderful people.

I am so grateful we were able to make this trip as a family. It was our first trip to New Zealand but hopefully not our last.

More photographs here.

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These photographs were shot on Kodak Portra film with a Mamiya 7ii and a Leica MP. All images processed and scanned by Richard Photo Lab in California.

It’s Christmas morning here in New Zealand. James was a bit anxious about being away Christmas morning. Would Santa still find him?

The only thing we could think of was to write Santa and tell him what’s going on in advance. And wouldn’t you know, Santa came a few days before we left. Good old Santa.

It’s a bit funny being away from the cold this time of year. We do try to our best to get away from it but at the same time to hear holiday music in shorts feels so strange to me still after all these years.

Right now the clock says 7am local time. I’ve been up for hours as my body still hasn’t fully adjusted to all the time zones we crossed.

I’m going to go get some coffee (“flat whites”) for me and lauren and then tackle the kids in bed to wake them up so we can find out what this day has in store for us.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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I’ve been shooting film mostly on this trip so it will take some time before I have photos to share. I took this one of a lovely beach near the place we are staying

Auckland, New Zealand. December 2014.

After a nearly 5 hour delay at Boston Logan Airport, we flew about 18 hours and made it to New Zealand Sunday morning local time. I am so happy to be here with my family.

This has been our list for a long time.