Despite being a loyal devoted Wellingtonian I’ve never actually attended the Sevens (apart from a couple of years when I worked up at the corporate boxes). I’m naturally introverted so the party atmosphere is something I naturally shy away from: but since I’ve drifted back into photography one of the things I’ve done to get involved is go down to the waterfront and take photos of the revelers.
I was almost soured on the sevens this year by my bus ride into town: it was full of the worst kind of sevens party goers. Drunk: abusive to the other passengers, one person kept pushing the button forcing the bus to stop at every stop. It took a few hours of shooting in town to remind me that that wasn’t the norm: the Sevens are a party: a time to let of a bit of steam, and while there are always a few bad eggs in the basket the vast majority of people were just out to have a good time. And after a few horrible years in the economy for a lot of people: whats wrong with having a bit of fun?
One thing I noticed was that the police did an absolutely fantastic job. There were police all over the waterfront but they were always joining in on the fun, from pretending to jump into the water to posing for photographs to rescuing people who had fallen into the ocean. A very professional job done by a very professional team: and one of the reasons why the Sevens runs so well each year.
I had so much fun shooting this year that next year I’m going to try something different! Keep your eyes on this blog to see what will be coming up!
So well done Wellington: another Sevens is over and congrats on once again proving we are the events capital of New Zealand. Bring on 2013!
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