Facts about the image, Hokitika Shipwreck Memorial New Zealand
Hokitika Shipwreck Memorial located in Hokitika’s harbour on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island directly opposite Christchurch has been a sea port since the days of Captain Cook.
With its rich nautical history there have naturally been a number of wrecked ships arriving and departing from Hokitika throughout its history. Just a short walk from the customs house is this very realistic memorial to all the sunken vessels made of concrete. This image has been made in a light befitting of such a memorial, suitably dramatic and forbidding, a narrow shaft of light on the bow sprit gives the impression of a boat emerging from the deep, the effect of which is intensified by the white cloud in almost perfect alignment with the sprit. The Hokitika Shipwreck Memorial is shown here under a tempestuous sky that forebodes of approaching storms and the conditions we all associate with sinking of ships at sea and the creation of shipwrecks.
New Zealand’s South Island is located in the roaring forties with its almost continuos strong winds, high waves and rocky coast is a very natural place to expect to find wrecked ships in its coastal waters.