‘Still Here’ is a series of photographs made in response to the February 22, 2011 Christchurch earthquake. These images, taken in the following three weeks of the quake, attempt to create a different visual conversation around the catastrophic event. These photographs offer a contemplative view of the suburban Christchurch environment. They detail the subtle disturbances to the suburban scene caused by the power of the quake. In essence creating a landscape of an earthquake.
'Too often our visual record of such events is narrow and dramatic. It is a very partial representation of events but nevertheless becomes the primary visual archive. Straight’s response to this has been, both literally and figuratively, to search around the periphery of the centre of destruction, to look carefully and record precisely. In doing this, I believe his images evoke a clear sense of the lingering disruption and fragmentation that has occurred in the suburbs. The longer one reflects on his images, the stronger the sense of loss.'