Auckland in renowned for it’s beaches like Takapuna, Mission Bay, etc. We at Point Chevalier however, have a little-known hideaway, a secluded paradise of our own.
Point Chevalier Beach is a short strip of beach most likely less than half a kilometre long between two outcrops of rock, on which sit residential properties.
The beach has a marvelous woody park on a steep hill between it and the road above – well set back from any main roads, it’s nice and quiet. The sun sets directly at the left end of the beach and when it does, it floods the beach with the most amazing golden light. It’s beautiful.
In the early evening, all the kids have left and it becomes a quiet, romantic haven, the only people around are couples, with bottles of wine, fish and chips, the odd jogger or dog owner and the occasional Lomographer.
One almost feels as if you are on your own, a place for calm introspection. A place for when you don’t want people in your photos, when you want to focus on the simplicity of the place. The evening I shot these pictures, the beach was wonderful, they don’t do it justice, I wish I’d had a redscale with me to really capture the glow. The Klick Max (expired) I shot here reacted very weirdly to the sun, one of these shots look like NASA shots of Mars.
These others, shot on another occasion, on E100GX, better represent the beach for it’s romantic quality.
Aucklanders, sometime this coming summer, take a few cameras and different films down to Point Chevalier Beach, see how you can capture the isolation, the simple beauty of the place, and don’t forget to message me with the link to the album.
Only try not to go there when I am. ;)