by Chris van der Leer on December 18th, 2017

The following  is excerpted from an interview with me for accepted submissions to the annual calendar. These photos are also used for the desktop wallpaper for all workstations world- wide. These images her to visually represent the company purpose and work; they also permit employees to get to know each other better.

The photo was taken with a Sony A33.

​How did you become part of the MWH team?

Chris van der Leer: ​I left Cape Town in the 1990s on my Overseas Experience (OE). I passed through London, Europe and the Channel Islands and I eventually ended up in Christchurch, New Zealand. Knowing that a balanced life is important, I am mindful of my values in my career. I therefore wanted to work for an entity which contributes to society in a positive way; this company seemed like the obvious choice

​What is your role at MWH and how long have you worked here?

Chris van der Leer: ​​As IT Project Controls Specialist, my primary purpose is to bring value to projects and to the project management process within our global IT department. I contribute on a diverse range of projects which impact employees in all global locations. 

​What inspired you to take the photo selected for the calendar?

Chris van der Leer: ​​When growing up in Africa, I always wanted to experience an earthquake and a volcano - indeed I never thought that I would have either of these experiences. Suffice to say my Christchurch colleagues and I have experienced enough quakes to last anybody a lifetime.

This photo is of the Christchurch skyline and is taken from our office. The rising sun represents a new dawn for the city, our company and for us as individuals. We see this view every day I wanted to share this experience with you all.

​If you could go anywhere in the world to take photos where would you go? Why?

Chris van der Leer: ​​I have two places in mind: I would visit Prague, the city of a thousand spires. The history, color and culture would be awesome to capture.

I would also like to visit Lake Tekapo International Dark Sky Reserve - the isolation, lack of light pollution and flat plains provide beautiful clear skies that offer unparalleled views of the stars and planets - great for star photography.

​What do the photos you take say about you as a person?

Chris van der Leer: ​​I believe it is important to view things for what they are, allowing our personal experiences to shape the vision of the future. I don't manipulate photos - therefore my images exhibit life exactly as it is in the moment the shutter closes.  

​What does the Stantec purpose design with community in mind mean to you?

Chris van der Leer: ​​The effects of urbanization are occurring in every city in every country, the obvious solution to this phenomenon is to make our cities more sustainable. This starts with designing infrastructure suited to the growing needs of our communities – infrastructure which encourages individuals to be healthy and safe in a sustainable way.
(This interview was undertaken between Chris van der Leer and Stantec - visit their site here;

by Chris van der Leer on November 23rd, 2017

​Tan Son Nhat International (Ho Chi Minh City) take off

Lifting off at Saigon.
Tan Son Nhat International Airport (IATA: SGN, ICAO: VVTS), is the largest airport in Vietnam. It is located 4 mi (6 km) north of the center (District 1) of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).
Tan Son Nhat International Airport operates from two terminal buildings – Domestic Terminal 1 and International Terminal 2. The new international terminal opened in September 2007 with the capacity of 8 to 10 million passengers per year, giving the airport a total capacity of 15-17 million passengers per year.

​Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi) landing

​Noi Bai International Airport (IATA: HAN, ICAO: VVNB), the biggest airport in northern Vietnam, serves the capital city of Hanoi. The airport is located 45 kilometers from the city center.
A new International Terminal 2 opened at the end of 2014. The new terminal offers 96 check-in counters, ten self-service kiosks, 17 boarding gates and 283 flight information display systems. Domestic flights now operate from Terminal 1.

by Chris van der Leer on July 24th, 2017

​In July 2017 New Zealand encountered a significant amount of rainfall, resulting in the towns of Timaru, Oamaru, Dunedin and Christchurch declaring states of emergency.
I picked up some footage as I was passing through. ​This 4K resolution video documents the conditions at high tide(approx 3pm)  on the 22nd July at the following locations in the Waimakariri District:

Kairaki Beach (Waimakariri River) Starts at:  

Mandeville Bridge Kaiapoi River) Starts at:

Mafeking Bridge (Kaiapoi River) Starts at:

Murphy Park / Kaiapoi Rugby Club Starts at:

Kaiapoi Wharf Kaiapoi River) Starts at:

NCF Park and Courtenay Lake / Stream Starts at:

Silverstream Estate (Kaiapoi River) Starts at:

This video is licensed under CC BY 2.0. This means that you are free to license and adapt the contents of this video by giving credit to the original author.

Its was also carried by on their live stream coverage of the event:

by Chris van der Leer on July 11th, 2017

​It’s always great to spend some time helping friends, and then seeing your materials being used to help them out.
Marshal Wang is a thriving artist and photographer who lives in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Marshal has been a Law Marshal, an accountant, a business man, a teacher, a colleague tutor and an IT engineer. Marshal, who also a Mensa club member, enjoys research in economics, history, literature, information technology and most importantly - arts. (, retrived July 2017).
Many of his artworks have been sold overseas and collected by galleries. Collectors of Marshals work are usually inspired by the true enthusiasm, passion and by the talent exhibited in his works.
See the latest post about Marshal (which features my pics) at the Artand site:
Also see Marshals Instragram account at for examples of his artwork, and to get in touch.

by Chris van der Leer on June 26th, 2017

​Raw stock footage time-lapse recorded from the suburb of Addington – North West view towards the Southern Alps. No title or sound. Creative Commons license - please feel free to use for your project.

Footage captured Winter - June 2017.

Tech details

​Angle: 170 degrees
Time-lapse interval: 5 secs
Frame Width: 1920
Frame Height: 1080
Frame Rate: 30fps
Camera: SJCAM SJ4000 WiFi
​Christchurch (Canterbury, New Zealand), known for its English heritage, is located on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Flat-bottomed punts glide on the Avon River, which meanders through the city centre. On its banks are cycling paths, the green expanse of Hagley Park and Christchurch Botanic Gardens.