Milk Run

Derek Henderson

3 Jul 2020 — 1 Aug 2020

“When I was 12 years old living in Hastings, New Zealand I had a milk run. I would deliver milk 5 days a week, in the mornings from 5.30am until around 7am before I went to school. I had a trolley that could take 5 milk crates which I pushed around the blocks of Parkvale, Mahora and Mayfair”.

“There weren’t too many people around at that hour. It was peaceful and I had time to make all sorts of observations. Because the run was the same every day I started to notice how people looked after their sections or embellished their homes. Little things like a new plant here or there, an ornament on the front lawn, the carport painted, a new letterbox or fresh curtains”.

“I think it was the beginning of me observing things. I was making a conscious decision to actually look at things and try to understand what was going on. I’m pretty sure it played a large part in me becoming a photographer”.

“Now I have returned to those streets in the Hastings area where I grew up in the 70’s. I simply started to photograph these homes and so developed a series of images called ‘Milk Run’. They are modest homes that people are proud of and have made their own, where their lives are played out every day”.

Derek Henderson, 2020.

1010 Sussex Street, Hastings. 6.58am, 17th January, 2020.

209 Park Road North, Hastings. 6.32am, 4th March 2019.

1008 Gary Street, Hastings. 7.07am January, 21st January, 2020.

232 Warwick Road, Hastings. 6.43am, 19th January 2020.

1017 Sussex Street, Hastings. 7.16am, 17th January, 2020.

235 Kenilworth Road, Hastings. 6.19am, 19th January, 2020.

706 Terrace Road, Hastings. 6.52am, 18th January, 2020.

109 Conway Street, Hastings. 7.28am, 19th January 2020.

522a Fenwick Street, Hastings. 7.12am, 22nd January 2020.

617 Mairangi Street, Hastings. 6.41am, 20th January 2020.

616 Grove Road, Hastings. 6.30am, 17th January, 2020.

437 Dalcross Street, Hastings. 6.36am, 22nd January, 2020.

528 Fenwick Street, Hastings. 6.48am, January, 2020.

622 Mairangi Street and 803 Rangiora Street, Hastings. 6.16am 20th January, 2020.

516 Fenwick Street, Hastings. 7.12am, 22nd January 2020.

706 Tamatea Street, Hastings. 7.19am, 20th January, 2020.

901 Tamatea Place, Hastings. 7.18am 2nd March 2019.

1412 Woodstock Avenue, Hastings. 6.31am, 19th January, 2020.

814 Rangiora Street, Hastings. 6.32am 20th January 2020

1210 Jellicoe Street, Hastings.6.46am, 3rd March 2019.

1032 Fitzroy Avenue, Hastings. 6.41am, 21st January, 2020.