Sunday afternoon, Sumner promenade

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Sunday afternoon, Sumner promenade.


Date: January 1967

Three generations, grandmother, parents, children, walking on Sunday afternoon along the Sumner promenade. Summer time, January 1967

Winning entry in the 2012 Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt by Merle Connaghan

Judges Comments:

Christchurch in summer, summed up in a photo. It is simply a 1960s shot of three generations enjoying a weekend walk by the beach - but it’s so evocative you can almost smell the suntan lotion and salty sea air.

There are so many things in this photo that are evocative of the time and place – the prints on the dresses, the shape of the sunglasses, even the glimpse of sunhat you see over the top of the concrete wall. And off in the distance, Scarborough’s clock tower. If the people in this photo hadn’t just had an ice cream I’m sure one was in their immediate future.

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Sunday afternoon, Sumner promenade

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