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Sisters Growing Up in Christchurch

Behind the scenes

Since the exhibition David Cook: Meet Me in the Square opened at 209 Tuam Street, the Gallery's Visitor Hosts have spoken to several people who either appear in the photographs themselves or have a personal story to share about a particular photograph in the show.

Sisters Sophia and Gina are two such people. Gina had seen an outdoor poster advertising the show and brought her sister along to see it.

Sophia was the first to spot herself photographed amongst a group of friends at a punk rock concert at the Caledonean Hall. She is pictured seated on the left wearing a dark hat. She said that she was astonished and surprised to find herself amongst the subjects of the photographs and said that she did not recognise her friend at first as it was taken so long ago.

Sophia standing in front of a photograph taken in 1983 of her (seated left wearing a dark hat) and her friends at the Caledonian Hall.

Sophia standing in front of a photograph taken in 1983 of her (seated left wearing a dark hat) and her friends at the Caledonian Hall.

"When I realised that it was my friend, I was surprised and happy because it brought back memories of the crazy times we had going to parties and seeing live bands. Having been born and living in Christchurch most of my life, I feel proud to be in this exhibition."

She also recalled that the punk scene was more predominant than now.

Gina's connection was to a photograph not on display in the exhibition space but rather inside the pages of the accompanying publication.

The photograph features the fish she painted on the window of their father's business, Warners Continental Fish Supply which was close to The Press building in Cathedral Square. Their father passed away during the quakes four years ago. The photograph was taken from inside the shop, looking out onto the street.

Gina with the photograph of a sign she painted for her father's shop, included in the exhibition's accompanying publication.

Gina with the photograph of a sign she painted for her father's shop, included in the exhibition's accompanying publication.

She recalled that although the painted fish looked textured when seen from where the photograph was taken, it looked very smooth and flat when seen behind the glass from the outside.

"It's lovely seeing these warm photos of Christchurch. I enjoyed this time in history around Christchurch. It's nice to see Christchurch so buzzy and busy. I also love the grainy texture of these old black and white photos."

Thank you Sophia and Gina for sharing your stories with us.

David Cook: Meet Me in the Square runs until the 24th of May, 2015 at Level 1, 209 Tuam Street. The accompanying publication is available on our Online Shop and also in the exhibition space.

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