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Dunedin Music in Black and White (2016 retrospective)

Photos from various music events from across Dunedin, NZ in 2016.

The two songs were written and performed by myself this year (2016)

It has been a pleasure to be able to capture great events in Dunedin this year and love working with local musicians.

If you have an event in Dunedin and would like it captured in images please contact me .

Songs
Don’t Bring Me Down ©Paul S Allen 2016
And He Flies © Paul S Allen 2016
Images
©Paul S Allen 2016 All right reserved.

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Getting involved – Community Patrols of New Zealand

Are you looking for a way to support your local community?

Community Patrols of New Zealand (CPNZ)

Reducing crime and building safer communities

Community patrols are voluntary groups of people giving some of their time and taking responsibility within their own community to help the Police make the local community safer for everyone.

I have been a member of the South Dunedin Community Patrol for over nine years. It is a great way to support the local community providing observe & report assistance and other duties as required. We work closely with the NZ Police.

Generally this is only a commitment of a four-hour shift per month plus the compulsory training. For the South Dunedin Community Patrol we operate 9.00pm  to 1.00am on Thursday,  Friday and Saturday nights.

Initial and ongoing training is given (compulsory) and there is a police vetting process to be completed.

If you are interested in getting involved and making a difference in your (our) community check out the information on the CPNZ website or ask me for the local South Dunedin contact details or visit the CPNZ website to join a patrol near you.

Paul Allen

Sea Lion Close Encounter

Sea Lion Close Encounter – Smaills Beach, Dunedin, New Zealand

An unsuspecting swimmer at Smaills Beach in Dunedin, New Zealand, had a close encounter with an aggressive sea lion who chased him out of the water.

Speaking with the swimmer afterwards the first thing he noticed was that something touched his leg underwater. The sea lion moved effortlessly through the surf circling the swimmer and lunging at him from time to time. He made a careful but hasty retreat to the safety of the shore while not turning his back on the sea lion.

The swimmer did not hurry back to the water.

The speed and grace of the sea lion travelling through the surf was spectacular to watch.

Sea lion close encounter 1
Photo ©Paul S Allen 2015 All rights reserved.
Sea lion close encounter 2
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Sea lion close encounter 4
Photos ©Paul S Allen 2015 All rights reserved.
Sea lion close encounter 5
Photos ©Paul S Allen 2015 All rights reserved.
Sea lion close encounter 6
Photos ©Paul S Allen 2015 All rights reserved.
Sea lion close encounter 7
Photos ©Paul S Allen 2015 All rights reserved.

Photos ©Paul S Allen 2015 All rights reserved.

 

A creative call to action

Stand up, fight back

This is a call for all of us creative types to use our talents for social good.

We now more than ever need to use our art and talents to highlight the real New Zealand, so that people will see it is not the 100% pure image seen in the glossy marketing.

We need people to see the eroded sovereign rights, the increasing poverty, the widening inequality, the unemployed, the polluted waterways and growing environmental issues. the downtrodden, sick and forgotten and the many, many other issues being experienced in our country today.

It is now time…

A bed for the night

“A bed for the night” Homeless in Dunedin

      • For photographers to use images to unsettle and enlighten.
      • For singer-songwriters to sing the songs that challenge the status quo.
      • For thinkers and poets to question authority.
      • For the media to be independent and investigative not swayed by biased political or commercial agenda.
      • For people to stand up for all those who need a voice to be heard.
      • For all of us to tell the world that everything is NOT ok in this country.

We can, we should and we will do something about it.

Paul S Allen

PS: if you know of an event that highlights the need for social change or for justice or other protest in Dunedin NZ please contact me. As a photographer I am happy to use my skills for a good cause.

Paul

Change is Inevitable

March for Palestine – Dunedin NZ

A march to support the people of Palestine, especially those in Gaza.

March for Palestine - Dunedin NZ

March for Palestine - Dunedin NZ

March for Palestine - Dunedin NZ

March for Palestine - Dunedin NZ

March for Palestine - Dunedin NZ

March for Palestine - Dunedin NZ

March for Palestine - Dunedin NZ

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Photos ©Paul S Allen 2014

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