A unique view of our changing city

CHARLIE GATES
Last updated 05:00 01/01/2013

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Christchurch Earthquake 2011

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A new year brings a new perspective on Christchurch as demolition leaves the central city bereft of landmarks.

Press photographer Don Scott scaled a 30-metre Fire Service ladder to capture the shattered heart of the city.

His photos show intersections surrounded by gravel and car parks, new vistas across the city centre and whole blocks swept clean of buildings.

A shot taken from Cambridge Tce looking east down Worcester Blvd exposes a new city after the demolition of the Clarendon Tower, the Holy Grail and the Regent on Worcester.

Scott said he was surprised by the scale of demolition.

"Looking over the site of the PGC building, you could see all the way to Christ Church Cathedral because so many buildings have been cleared out. I was surprised to see the cathedral from there."

He said it was a sad experience to view the destruction.

"The city is not what it was. It is pretty heartbreaking to see the state of the city, but you can't put your head in the sand," he said.

"It is sad to see, but that is what we have got to live with. There is a whole lot of nothing out there. Everyone knows it is bad, but you see it from a different angle like that and it brings it home again."

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