Christchurch’s main thoroughfare, Colombo Street, begins in the south at the foot of Cashmere Hill. Except for the small overhead bridge spanning the rail line at Sydenham, it runs flat as a steel rule until it reachs St Albans in the north. There it comes to an abrupt halt as it intersects with the Edgeware Road.
Flying overhead, or perhaps gazing down upon it from some vantage point on the Port Hills, you become aware of how many different parts of the city its north south axis dissects. Indeed, were you to travel its six kilometer length, you would find yourself passing through numerous shopping centers, a small industrial area, the central city and a quantity of diverse suburbs.
The photographer, Uiga Bashford has recorded the urban and suburban landmarks along with the people who live and work on this arterial road. Their lives, like the street, intersect.
Uiga Bashford is a Christchurch based photographer. She gained her BFA(Hons) at the University of Canterbury in 2003. Her work is centered around home, autobiography and place, often investigating aspects of her Samoan-New Zealand heritage.
Uiga currently teaches art and photography at Burnside High School, Christchurch.