24 hours of Wellington's beauty
When student Zoe Robinson and her friends got bored with movies and bowling at weekends, they started taking random trips around Wellington to find the capital's most beguiling spots.
"I was inspired by spontaneous weekend drives my friends and I would take around Wellington to beautiful spots that we never knew existed beforehand. I wanted to encapsulate the beauty of the Wellington region and the places we rarely have time to stop by and appreciate."
Those fanciful outings blossomed into an epic photographic project for Robinson, originally from Masterton, who began taking thousands of photos after being blown away by the beauty of Makara's rugged coastline - on a day when she hadn't brought her camera.
That oversight sparked 24 Hours of Wellington - a short time-lapse film about the city and its surroundings, which was created over three months using three DSLR cameras and more than 15,000 photos.
Robinson, 20, has been studying in Wellington for three years and is about to graduate with a bachelor's in creative technologies from WelTec.
"I didn't even know Karori existed, but then on Sundays me and my friends just started to go for aimless drives and see where we ended up, and over this past summer it started to happen more and more."
During the film's Kilbirnie night sequence, balls of light appear to bounce off the airport's runway and then swiftly trace skywards. Kelburn's cable car also features, as do Devil's Gate at Red Rocks, and Makara.
Getting to Red Rocks, on Wellington's rugged south coast, can be tricky and many motorists have become stranded on the rocky beach. But Robinson, who is also a keen astro-photographer and shoots in the area because of its low light pollution at night, has a solution - she takes bits of cardboard to put under the tyres of her boyfriend's Honda Odyssey should it get stuck.
The video features urban and rural settings, but is focused mostly on Wellington's dramatic landscape, an environment she says those who live in it often unwittingly take for granted.
"Wellington is just so special. It's that feeling that foreigners have when they come here and they say how beautiful it is - and we forget that."
You can see 24 Hours of Wellington and the work of other graduates at WelTec's bachelor of creative technologies graduate exhibition, which opens tomorrow night at Art Space, 19 Tory St, from 5.30pm, and runs until next Friday.
The Dominion Post