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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

Cattle flats brighton beach

Homage to Baxter  Resonance V - The Cattle Flats up the Brighton River. 1994

Two selenium toned silver gelatine prints - Lloyd Godman - image is mapped, click on image detail to enlarge or full sized image

Resonance V

It took several weeks to time a clear sky with the light before sunrise, a heavy dew and the fullness of the tide up the river. Although I had permission to drive up to the farm house at any time it felt awkward at such an early time and I option for a scramble up the steep slope to the top of the hill taught me just how dew-laden the grass is at that time of the day.

The image shows the strange canals that drain back onto the river which can be seen cutting along below the hill. The Giant's Grave is below the white house on the far left and it is here the river like the road takes a bend back towards the sea. On the far right of the photograph on the left the Baxter house can be seen behind the third tree in from the side. Below is river road that runs from Brighton up past Duffy's Farm onto Scroggs Hill.

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

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James K Baxter - Poem references

The River 1966   CP

It was dark
brown and deep
at corners where cattle graze.


The Giant's Grave  1951  CP

Before sunrise, a soaking dew;
the beer brown somnolent wave
of brackish river, cattle flats beyond it.