For many folk, Monday means psyching oneself up for a week of desk-based drudgery.
At Open2view, Mondays mean much more than that.
Let’s take our biggest team – the photographers – as an example. It’s hard to photograph a house from your desk; thus their work takes them – and their expensive camera equipment – all over the show. In between they’re taking new jobs, talking to agents or grabbing a bite to eat.
The result of their efforts can be seen in all the thousands of listings on our website.
But what is life like before, in between, and after work?
Last week, at the suggestion of one of our Aussie photographers, I wrote to the team and asked for one thing: a photo showing a little of what their Monday was like for them. I wanted a snapshot of their lives as lived on Monday 2 September.
The response was overwhelming, and I’ve compiled them all here for you to browse through. It’s not a look behind the camera: we’re looking even further beyond that.
These photos quickly showed me that there is no typical Open2viewer. We’re a diverse mix of men and women, urban and rural, with hobbies and quirks that can’t be divided into two contrasting categories.
One thing that unites us, though, is a deep love of photography.
Click on any photo to get the show started. We hope you enjoy looking through these photos as much as we enjoyed taking them. As you’ll see, no day for us is alike. Not even Mondays.
Subliminal messages in the sky over Taranaki.
Would make a pretty decent speed camera though.
Seems the days in Western Port become more beautiful the later it gets.
Angela writes, “I am skiing in NZ with my family, feeling very grateful to be part of a franchise system so I can have family time while someone helps keep my business running. First time skiing in 3 years so enjoying ourselves!!!”
“This will make people believe we actually do exciting things,” wrote Brent. Mission accomplished. There’s never a dull moment here – but some moments are more exciting than others.
Neville loves his bikes, motorised and otherwise.
Here’s Dave, waiting for his boat to come in.
“At least I have a nice view from my clothesline!” Sure have!
Spring is most certainly here – and not before time.
“Could’ve gone and photographed a volcano blowing up, but even that was doing nothing!” Matt painstakingly created a timelapse of White Island’s eruption two weeks back, so he deserved this chance to relax.
Chilling prophesy? For now, real estate photography remains a predominantly human activity.
“Each Monday before I go out shooting I put in two hours volunteering as a presenter and reader on RPH Print Radio Tasmania. RPH stations provide a reading service for people who may not be able to read print or published material for a whole variety of reasons. My time on Mondays is given over to reading a selection of stories from the morning’s The Australian.” Excellent work, Peter.
Here’s Jonas, with his co-pilot Tonka, at one of Huon Valley’s honesty-based drive-thrus.
This is actually pretty busy for rush hour in southern Waikato. Gorgeous area.
Our offices look a lot different to the norm.
“Here’s me,” writes Christy, “editing the images, at the house where I am house sitting.” Occasionally we do have to sit down in our job.
This street must have been named for us.
Steve writes, “the photo is of my youngest daughter, Jazzy (age 3) taking control of the car cleaning process. She often dresses up as a fairy – but even the wand had to be put down for this task!”
This was taken at 2.30pm, but there’s never a bad time of day round these parts.
Don’t we all, Richard. Don’t we all.
Jacqui isn’t afraid to go the extra mile for the perfect photo.
We can make agents look as beautiful as their listings.
“Here is my beautiful entry” wrote Jason. Love it. Even the tiniest rooms need capturing.
Nothing says ‘lifestyle property’ like Jane’s photo.
If any one finds Alta, please return her to 505 Rosebank Rd, Auckland. Cheers.
The awesome Bayside, Victoria team. And yes they did clean up after themselves.
And what better spot than this for some time out?
“Not really the best Open2view day in the life as I am at the snow on holidays,” wrote Nathan. I don’t know, looks pretty good to us.
Some very impressive multitasking from the Geelong South West team.
Mark assures us his dog didn’t get any M&Ms.
“Just after 3.30pm, walking the dog and blowing some bubbles in the park. What a great day.” Harry and Gail are living the good life.
Kym shows us two reasons why we love spring so much.
“Rushed outside to find that our resident Diamond Python had awoken from its winter hibernation in our roof cavity ……to find breakfast wearing feathers.” It’s not dead, Rod, it’s resting.
Tim Whittaker is Open2view NZ’s resident pilot. Not content with our 20 metre poles, Tim prefers to take aerial photography a little higher.
“It’s another beautiful morning in paradise! All the animals want is a pat and a feed then a sun bake… what a great life they have!” Same to you, Dave!
This exhibition was all Les’ idea. Here he is drumming up some more business… as if he wasn’t busy enough already.
Mike writes, “best lunch stop ever, and not a fast food joint in sight!” Auckland sure has been stunning this week.
“Had to leave the Rotorua Lakes today and head over to Matata beach for a property shoot,” wrote Deanna. “Took the opportunity to feel the sand between my toes and watch the surfers.”
Some people ate on their lunch break. Michelle chose to go for a run instead.
“Looks like most photographers took their shots at lunch , Me too.” That bird doesn’t look very appetising, Alex.
“Doing what I do best since 1969” wrote John Gin. We frown upon people who can eat without gaining weight.
Special thanks to Les Herbert for the idea and all his help.