Again and Again

Again and Again was photographed from January to April of 2012 in Christchurch, New Zealand. The book takes viewers on a wandering path exploring the neighborhoods and encountering the people of Christchurch. At the time, the area is still encountering near daily tremors a year after a significant earthquake and severe aftershocks destroyed much of the central city and numerous homes in the coastal suburbs.

I lived in Christchurch for about half of 2004, and my favorite spot to watch the sun rise, a cliff top spot in a suburb called Sumner, fell into the sea with the earthquakes. The beauty of the spot never left me and I had dreamed of one day going back with family and loved ones to show them the spot, but it's not there anymore. Learning that the spot had disappeared instilled in me a sense of urgency to return, so I did.

The resulting work was born out of a desire to explore the impermanence of place and how we cope with, or are affected by constant change and uncertainty. Christchurch is well known by its nickname "The Garden City" and although there wasn't much infrastructure being rebuilt at the time of my visiting, the land had already started to sprout anew in both new and expected places.

Photographs + Text by Peter Hoffman
Photo Editing + Sequencing by Melissa Catanese
Design + Layout by Elana Schlenker
Edition of 150
120 Pages
Self-published 2014
ISBN 978-1-4951-2290-3