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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 James K Baxter's Dunedin Calvanistic World 1993 - 94

Robert Burns Hotel Dunedin, Lloyd Godman
Homage to Baxter -  Resonance XXV - Robert Burns Hotel - 2000

selenium toned silver gelatine prints - Lloyd Godman -

Resonance XXV

Without doubt, Garry Blackman's image of the Robbie Burns in the Oliver Book is a classic and in retrospect of the time peroiod when it was taken I knew it would be hard to find an image that epitimized the hotel in a similar manner. Because of this I had avoided trying to find an image that might conveye some of this. Also there was the literary images Baxter created of student flats and the authoriterian, calvanistic society that  portrayed Dunedin. Initially I looked to photograph only the top half of the hotel's facard  from George Street but fortunately the framing was not right and I had to return for another shoot from the same location. Here the framing was much better, but on my return to the car I found another view point (from a car park that is obscured from a back street) that seemed to encompass many of the aspects Baxter referenced.

Map of Brighton indicating where the image Resonance XXV as taken from

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James K Baxter - Poem references

Reflections on a Varsity Career Hocken MS975/26 1956

Peculiar things were done and seen

In the Robert Burns and the Bowling Green

God did not choose to intervene

In the early, early days