Photography Challenge with Sue Karski

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Week 46 – # 34 Passage Ways

on June 14, 2014

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34 Passage Ways

There is a attraction in Akaroa, New Zealand called “The Giant’s House”.  The artist is Josie Martin and she purchased this house which was built in the 1800s.  She had the hillside next to the house terraced so she could put in a garden and they found lots of broken porcelain pieces from the 17 – 1800s buried there.  She took those pieces and a lot more and created this larger than life wonder garden of mosaics.  Her art sculptures decorate the gardens.  These are two of the stairways in the gardens.

There is an art gallery on the property as well.  She is a very creative artist.  Please check out her page –



12 responses to “Week 46 – # 34 Passage Ways

  1. preed913 says:

    whoa …. some serious color in her garden! – shame you couldnt have got a photo of the artist too with her totally BLUE hair – that would have been another 52 week challenge fulfilled!

    • Sue Karski says:

      Ahh, she was dressed up with hat etc., but requested that we not photograph her. If we wanted her picture, we were to buy a postcard or her book. But her house and grounds were open for all photographs.

  2. shelby1120 says:

    She should meet up with our local “Sea Hagg” and her collection of nautical items.

    • Sue Karski says:

      I am not sure they are the same – but what do I know.
      The Giant’s House is truly an art gallery both inside and outside her house. It is Josie’s art, whether it is paintings, sculptures, mosaics, or gardens.

  3. Bill Mills says:

    Love the colors – your passageways open up my thinking patterns on this subject – thanks Sue

    • Sue Karski says:

      Thank you Bill. One of the great things about the challenge is to see the different perspectives on the themes. There is NO One way to interpret the themes. I love to see everyone’s concepts and ideas. Not to mention, the sharing of places everyone has been and photographed that we now might also want to visit.
      Keep up the great photos.

  4. shelby1120 says:

    I truly admire the talent that Josie Martin has and how she is sharing with others who appreciate it.

  5. tnwaltz says:

    I’ll bet Josie would be a real hoot to hang out with.

  6. inesephoto says:

    So beautiful,and the colors so vivid! These pieces were lucky to get the second life:)

  7. thegatorgal says:

    I have been to this very fun house! She has added some things, like the first set of stairs, since I was there in 2009.

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