… i tērā wā, i tēnei rā, huri mai ai taku hoa mahi ki ahau kia whakamōhio ai i ahau. I kore ētahi atu i reira, i te tari mō ngā ākonga pae tuarua i Te Whare Wānanga o Otago. I noho mū ana, ā, i pātai mai ia mō ōku tīpuna, mehemea i mate ai tētahi, etāhi rānei i tērā pakanga. Ko tāku ki a ia, e kāo. Otirā, i mauheretia taku tupuna tāne mō he wā poto noa iho i Soames Island, i te whanga o Te Whanga Nui a Tara. Ahakoa he wā poto, tino kaha tōna mamae, me te wairua kawa i tōna ngākau nā tērā mahi a te kawana. Nō Tiamani ia…
Ka mutu, i whakautu mai taku hoa mahi (nō Wīwī ia)… e ai ki te kōrero, i mate ai te tuakana, teina rānei o te pāpā o tona tupuna tāne, otirā kāore i tino mōhiotia ko wai ia, ko wai rāua, rātou rānei…
Ka noho, ka noho, nāwai rā, huri ano māua ki ā māua mahi.
To put together a new book of images of World War I, The First World War: Unseen Glass Plate Photographs of the Western Front, Carl De Keyzer restored original plates made by photographers whose work, in their own time, was printed without fanfare and viewed at a much smaller size. De Keyzer’s book offers photographs of soldiers, civilians, and landscapes in a large format that represents the war with startling clarity.
Some of the most striking images in the book are this series of photographs by Arthur Brusselle, from Bruges. In 1918 and 1919, the Belgian government commissioned Brusselle to go to the places where the war had hit hard and record what he saw. These plates are held by the archive of the City of Bruges.