On this blog I am presenting a selection of images by amateur New Zealand photographers from my collection. The amateur's photo album is usually full of those special events that make a family. Mum, the kids, or the 'rallies', [and sometimes dad, when you could get the camera from him], in the garden dressed in their Sunday best, birthdays, Christmas, and don't forget those holiday snaps, out-of-focus, or badly framed. The last two faults can mostly be blamed on the cameras, with their tiny viewfinders and lenses that left a lot to be desired. But one or two shots will stand out, there is something a little different or amusing about them. And sometimes the photographer had a very good eye, a very good camera, or was just lucky. These are the images I will be selecting for this blog, and my only rule for selection is that I like the image.
With many of the images I know nothing about the photographer, but where I do these details are listed, and with some images I have included memories from the photographers family members.
Most of the photographs are from family albums purchased at auction, family estates, from descendants of the photographer, and a few were rescued from the tip. So if you have an old album, I'm interested, BUT please do not dump it. These albums are great to see and should be preserved, they are a window into the past. With the advent of the digital camera, CD/DVD disc's etc, albums are becoming a thing of the past. In 50 years [I'm being generous here] you will only be able to access todays images if you can find a player thats still working.

I welcome any comments from viewers.

All images are copyright and are not to be used without permission.


Roland James Searle.

Searle's interest in photography began while a student at Wellington College, and continued when he left school to begin work as a bank clerk in Wellington. He would wander the streets during lunch, and in his spare time, with his folding Kodak. Whats evident, in my opinion from these shots, is that he had a very good eye, taking time with the focus, light, and composition. Becoming more serious about his photography he became a member of the Wellington Camera Club where his later work gained acceptance at International Photographic Salons. The selection here is from a collection of negatives from about 1925-35. This earlier work I find the most interesting, showing scenes of life around Wellington.
I have a separate blog for Searle and the full collection can be seen at Once Again Images.

Lambton Quay from Willis Street.
"Caught in the Rain", Courtenay Place.
"Passing Storm".
Pigeon Park.

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