Photographer Tom Teutenberg captures the remnants of abandoned industry: freezing works, meat processing plants, and whaling relics. The long-standing rural town money-makers which he says “were booming and just died”.
Travelling around the East Coast: Gisborne, Tokomaru Bay, Waipaoa, he’s also captured along the way what else is lost when those key industries fade: the banks, post offices, old high-streets turned empty.
Teutenberg grew up in Gisborne, and has known some of the buildings—especially the old freezing works—since childhood. “As long as I can remember they’ve been abandoned,” he says.
“So it’s almost creepy—but quite beautiful as well.”