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Mythology of Place - Homage to James K Baxter - © 1993-94 - Lloyd Godman - Lawrence Jones - Mythology of Place - Book now available

Photographs of the Brighton Coastal Otago World of James K Baxter

Site of the Homestead at Kuri Bush

Homage to Baxter  Resonance X - Site of the Homestead at Kuri Bush 1994

selenium toned silver gelatine print - Lloyd Godman - (Click on image detail to enlarge)

Resonance X

The level ground where the old Baxter farm house at Kuri Bush sat is between the two large Macrocarpa trees on the right, and I had always acknowledged this on my regular surf trips down the coast. The farmer who owns the land, Mr Druce, helped by shifting the sheep for the night before we erected a tent over the camera to keep the dew off the lens during the extended exposure of 12 hours. The exposure is actually a combination of two exposures, one on twilight and the other later when it was dark. The view is south west and the southern cross can be seen on the right of the star spiral.

Later in 2000 the Macrocarpa tree on the left blew down in the strong winds of an easterly storm.

Map of Brighton indicating where the image Resonance X was taken from

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James K Baxter - Poem references

At Kuri Bush  CP

Outside it
My father stood when I was three or less
Holding me up to look at
the gigantic rotating wheel of the stars.
Whose time isn't ours.

Late Poem
4 Song to Father   1972  CP

The water drowns your guardian stars
and the night wills it should be so
This grief is only till sunrise.

The Dragon March  CP

One night at the star crowded dragon sky

O Wind Blowing   1943   CP

No Barren cycle is this
no grave of stars  for ever more lifeless
Rather a truth living incomprehensible
Clear with the clearness and opaqueness of water