Rangitoto is a dormant island volcano in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf. Its iconic and symmetrical shape dominates the gulf and is visible from many parts of Auckland. As such, Rangitoto is instantly recognisable to anyone from the region. For me, it’s shape instantly takes me back to my days in Auckland and my fond memories of my time there.
On a recent weekend back in Auckland, I wanted to capture an image that captured the essence of the city and what it means to me. I thought of many familiar sites, including the Auckland Harbour bridge, the city skyline with the Auckland Sky Tower and even the city’s western beaches, where I would often watch the sunset over a glass of wine. Ultimately, the answer to my search was sitting right there in the gulf, practically staring me in the face: Rangitoto. Volcanic, practically floating on the water in the “City of Sails,” visible from almost everywhere, iconic in shape and 100% natural, Rangitoto simply had to be my subject. With the tide due to be at its lowest around dawn, I knew I could use the exposed rocks at St Helier’s to help me set the scene for my shot. Thankfully, the clouds stayed to the west and gave me a good window to get the shot that I wanted: Rangitoto in silhouette.
If you are considering purchasing a print of “Rangitoto Dawn,” you’ll be pleased to know that I will donate 10 percent of the purchase price of your print to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal to help out kiwis still trying to rebuild after the 2010 and 2011 Christchurch earthquakes.
This print is available for purchase in three sizes (Simply click on the link to the size that you desire, and you’ll be taken to a page where you can add it to your cart.):