The Cupboard under the Stairs by Mike Emmett

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It doesn’t look much, but this cupboard saved our lives. It contains our fire plan, clothing, and emergency supplies.

Some history on the cupboard:
It was made in NZ by my grandfather in his teens from solid Kauri, used by my father when he was a boy, used by me as child, then by my sister in her shed/studio. I broke one of the draws when I slammed it shut in a fit of teen angst. When we built this house, it came to me for safe keeping and seemed a good fire-cupboard. It contains everything we need for a long fire season.

And some tech-geek info:
Canon 5Dmkii
Sigma 530 flash thingy with Cactus V2 remote trigger and ghetto softbox.


  • Di Jenkins
    Di Jenkinsover 5 years ago

    Brilliantly lit shot Mike Mc Nally! Love the upsweep. Really draws me up – I want to see what’s up there …. Nice bit of cupboard history too – especially the “teen angst” part. you? surely not!

  • Heh. Not quite McNally… I wish I had all his speedlights…

    – Mike Emmett

  • scemmett
    scemmettover 5 years ago

    We had wedding photos taken sitting on the stairs there… seeing this pic makes me wish you’d taken them!

  • Margaret Metcalfe
    Margaret Metcalfeover 5 years ago

    Great image, I love the leading lines.

  • Cammi
    Cammiabout 4 years ago

    Lovely lines

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