Harvey Benge – Any Lonely Person Write To Ponsonby


Size: 180 x 234 mm
Pages: 28 pages, featuring 20 b&w photographs
Type: Softcover
Edition: Edition of 50
Publisher: FAQ Editions
Year: 2015

SKU: RPB029 Category:


The photographs in this series – Any Lonely Person Write to Ponsonby – were made in the early years of the 1970’s. At that time I exposed over 200 rolls of black and white film around the inner Auckland suburbs of Parnell, Freemans Bay and Ponsonby. Also in Auckland’s central city. The period predated the rush of urban revitalization and gentrification that we see in Auckland today.

The image of the cactus was made in Warkworth, a small town north of Auckland. Its sad spikey message resonated for me then as it still does today. The other photographs in the series were chosen to capture the feeling of central Auckland as it was over 40 years ago and to speak to the bizarre thought of lonely people writing and perhaps coming to Ponsonby.