Butcher snap-happy over lockdown



One part-time Clutha photographer and full-time butcher used her time during lockdown productively.

Blue Spur Butchery and Deli operator Jan Harper finally had the chance to explore her neighbourhood of Lawrence during her “compulsory holiday”, and documented her findings in some eye-catching photography.

Old town . . . The remnants of the township of Blue Spur, the precursor to modern Lawrence and the namesake for Jan Harper’s butchery. PHOTO: JAN HARPER

“It was something different and and wonderful to do,” Harper said.

“I love all the autumn colours. I guess I hadn’t really noticed before. I’m usually so busy that I probably missed autumn for a few years.”

Ms Harper walked all about the township in search of interesting images to capture and share.

Morning rays . . . blue skies over The Ark Bed and Breakfast. PHOTO: JAN HARPER

Once uploaded to Facebook, the snaps began to attract a following.

“Everyone said ‘you should do a book – I’d buy one’. So I thought perhaps I should.”

She hoped to have “a wee book” of photos available for sale before the end of the year.

It would be called Lawrence Lockdown, in honour of what Ms Harper called a “positive experience in a negative environment.”