Weekly Photo Challenge : Inside

Hmmm…Tuesday evening, I guess a little late but not too late to still make a submission for this weeks “Weekly photo challenge : Inside”. Looking at the number of responses to the challenge, almost 500 already, this is a popular topic :-).
My post for this challenge is about the inside of the Grand Mezquita – Cathedral in Cordoba – Southern Spain.

The site was originally a pagan temple, then a Visigothic Christian church, before the Umayyad Moors converted the building into a mosque and then built a new mosque on the site. After the Spanish Reconquista, it became a Roman Catholic church, with a plateresque cathedral later inserted into the centre of the large Moorish building. The Mezquita is regarded as the one of the most accomplished monuments of Islamic architecture. It was described by the poet Muhammad Iqbal:

“Sacred for lovers of art, you are the glory of faith,

You have made Andalusia pure as a holy land!”

I was there a few years ago, camera in hand and managed to get some shots of the inside of this amazing building and its numerous columns, some of these images make up my post for this challenge.

……….the journey continues……..

Weekly Photo Challenge : Dreaming

Interesting Challenge this week, Dreaming….with the prompt to share images that make you dream. I have previously posted about Muizenberg Beach, a wide expanse of Beach with gentle waves just casually rolling to the shore. An absolute surfers paradise, resulting in it being quite busy most of the time, with surfers of all ages taking to the water, parents with children playing about at the waters edge, families out picknicking, people out walking their dogs, others just out for a jog or stroll, taking in the scenery etc. Doesn’t exactly sound like a place that conjures up images of dreaming, unless of course you’re a hard core surfer :-):-). Well, I’ve been out there around sunrise, and on some occasions, you can be lucky to get there before the sunrise surfers arrive, and the place is really “dreamy”.. :-), completely isolated, calm, and serene ..perhaps it just feels like that because everybody else is warmly tucked up in bed ..dreaming..:-). Seriously though, this large expanse of beach with the gentle rolling waves, and the soft morning light, with its soft puffy clouds, reflected in the moist sand has very much a “dream’ like appearance.

My images for this weeks “dreaming” challenge, is from one of these sunrise visits………. the journey continues……………..

Weekly Photo Challenge : Movement

The Baxter Theatre in Cape Town, opened in the late 70’s is a vibrant cultural hub pulsating with the finest in South African theatre. The building comprises a main theatre, concert hall and studio which together can house in the region of 1500 people. So you can imagine it is the perfect venue for this weeks photo challenge – movement. Obviously, there is lots of movement on the various stages every evening with the different events being held, but its a slightly different movement I’m referring to.
It is about the movement of people, yes these 1500 odd people when the theatre is running at full capacity, that arrive shortly before an event, mill around before it starts, then stream out of the venues at interval, and rush around getting some refreshments, or take a comfort break, perhaps have a smoke and or a chat, before they disappear into the various venues for the remaining parts of the performance, and eventually leave the building at the end of the performance. The central space outside the venues is the ‘transitional space” where these various movements take place, somehow it all happens in a structured way.
I was recently there and took the opportunity to shoot some of these different “movements” in the central space, ranging from patrons arriving and making their way to the different veunes, people queueing to get something from the bar/refreshmemt counter at interval, people just gathering at the tables with their refreshments, or maybe just making their way to the ablutions, and finally people on their way home. The central space filled with people is an absolute hive of activity, yet, when all the people are tucked away in the various venues, or on their way home the place is absolutely quiet, with no evidence of all the preceeding activity or any activity that was still to happen…hence my describing the space as transitional.
Todays images for the movement challeneg are extracted moments of this transitional space…………….the journey continues………….

Weekly Photo Challenge : Fleeting moment

I’ve had quite a few instances where I just happen to be in the right place and at the right time to witness a fleeting moment, however, there has been one small little complication…….no camera :-):-). So, when this situation started happening more frequently, I decided that th trick was to always take the camera.. Unfortunately, every now and then one is always without the camera.
I was recently on the road below Table Mountain, to try and get some shots of sunrise as it eased its way out of the horizon. Considering we are in mid winter, this is at a pretty decent hour (07.45am) so it didnt take too much effort to get there :-). The shallow wintersun is softer, emitting soft bands of light, which due to the orientation of the sun in winter results in some amazing sidelighting of the buildings in the City centre. This light reflects and bounces of buildings changing all the time, as the sun slowly rises, and moves north in the process.
So, my “fleeting moment” images are really about this changing light, how it penetrates the City centre, lights up and reflects off the buildings, how it creates amazing shadows on moving vehicles in the foreground , and mirror like reflections eg. on the stationary dark vehicle. Forunately, this time I had the camera with, and was able to capture these.
………..the journey continues……………

Weekly Photo Challenge : Create

My recent posts have been about a visit to the village of Barrydale, about 2 and a bit hours from Cape Town.
An area filled with some amazing scenery with numerous photo opportunities. I had the opportunity to visit the premesis of an Art Collective called MAGPIE ” a socially conscious art collective” based in the town. Working in various mediums including recycled materials, they produce items for their studio, undertaking commissions and installations, as well as participating in exhibitions. The collective are active within the local community, by engaging in local community income generation projects, crafters and civil society endeavours. More information about what the collective does and their work is available on their website  http://www.magpieobjects.mfbiz.com/#

I was amazed to see the innovative ways they were using recycled materails to create wonderful craft items. So, my submission for this weeks “Create” photo challenge are my perspective of some of the items created from recycled materials that were on display at the MAGPIE Studio.

Bella from the 52 Photos Project http://www.52photosproject.com/ has selected “circles” for this weeks prompt, when I saw the topic,  I couldnt resist posting a link to this post for that prompt…..:-)

………………the journey continues…………………………

Weekly Photo Challenge : Close

Barrydale is a little village about 2 and a bit hours from Cape Town. A quaint little place in wonderful surroundings. On a recent visit there, I came across a field with quite a few cows out grazing. They were just going about their own business eating, and chewing, followed by a lot more of the same. As I got closer to the fence, some of them stopped and lifted their heads and glanced at me, and before long just continued feeding.

A short while later, two cows, one clearly older than the other drifted closer to the fence. I assumed they were mother and calf, but I suppose they could also have been siblings. There was clear interacton between them so it was obvious that they were “close” in a family kind of way. At some point the larger cow moved much closer to the little one, and calmly proceeded to lick her ear..:-) the little one just stood there and enjoyed the attention. I imagined that must have been pretty ticklish, so was not surprised when I noticed the smaller one moving her head around occasionally :-), perhaps it was just to strategically direct the lick to a more appropiate part of her ear :-).

Fortunately, I had my camera with, and shot some images of this very close moment between these cows……………..the journey continues……………………………

Weekly Photo Challenge : Friendship

When I saw Todays photo challenge topic, I wondered if most submissions would be about human friendship. So that got me thinking about my own submisin this week, and immediately though about some images I recently took of sheep on a farm a short drive away from Cape Town.

It was early morning and I was out in the misty surroundings taking some images of the golden glow at that time. As the sun emerged from the horizon, the scene in front of me became clearer.There was a pen full of sheep who were grazing in the grass. At some point they just all raised their heads, and started looking at me, my guess is they were probably saying to one another “whats he looking at” :-). As they moved around they got into what seemed like very orderly “groups” like a bunch of friends discussiing something they’d seen. and just continued looking at me.

I wonder if they found my behaviour of pointing my camera at them as intruiging as I found their “friendship” grouping behaviour……………………..the journey continues…………..

Weekly Photo Challenge : Today

I took a look at the new Photo Challenge topic yesterday, and realised that seeing that I hadnt taken any shots during the day, my post for this weeks challenge would have to wail until I did….Well, I didnt have to wait too long.. I mentioned in a recent post that we are technically in mid winter, though with some of the wonderful days in between, you would think otherwise. My kitchen window has a view of Table Mountain, and its almost become customary to look out of the window towards the mountain, to get an idea of what the weather is doing.

So when I looked out of the window this morning, I knew I’d found the images for the ‘today” shoot. Winter sunrise is a lot later, and the light is a lot softer. The orientation of the mountain enables it receive these soft sunlight rays as the sun emerges from the horizon. This morning, there was a little bit of cloud cover too, which seemed to move around a bit allowing almost sneak views of the mountain bathed in this morning light. Fortunately, the camera was close by :-), so I was able to shoot a few images in between the cloud doing its covering trick. It seemed that the cable cars had already started their trips up and down the mountain, and made a welcome appearance in some of the images.

I happened to look out of the window in the late afternoon, and noticed that the setting sun had already started lighting up the western slopes of the mountain, which provided a completely different lighting scenario on the mountain……..ie. it was being lit from the other side..

So my post for this weeks “today” challenge are some of these images that provide slot views of table mountain in morning and evening light………..the journey continues…………

Travel theme : Rhythym

This weeks travel theme on “wheres my backpack” is about the rhythym of travel, and the rhythym of the places that one travels to. My last post following the travel theme prompt “street markets” was about umbrella sellers in Napoli. Ironically, my post for this week is a continuation of where the last one finished.

It had been raining most of the morning, and following my “umbrella” incident, I sought shelter in a coffee shop in the vicinity of where I was walking. Not far from there was the station of the funicular which ferried you to the top of the hillside that the Castle ovelooking the City was located on. It seemed like a good idea to get onto the next funicular and head to the top, at least the wait at the station and the short ride up the hill would be completely sheltered from what seemed like unrelenting rain.

A short while later, I emerged from the upper station, pleased to see that the rain had let up a little. So a gentle stroll to the Castle in what was now a light drizzle felt a lot more pleasant than trying to negotiate the downpour below :-). It was still very overcast and grey, with very muted light. The castle has an imposing view over the City, with Mount Versuvius towering over it in the distance. The City looked quite dull and almsot uninteresting in these severely overcast conditions. So, amidst all that grey sky the various rhythyms of the City seemed to be subdued.

And then without any notice or warning, there was an opening in the cloud cover and the sun shone through like a spotlight and just lit up this rather grey scene,  no, no, there wasnt a huge brass band or an orchestra churning out a melodius rhythym at the same time,:-) but all these subdued rhythyms just started emerging from the city below.

………….Rhythyms of blocks, and streets, and cars, and buildings, and colours, and domes, and windows, and doors, and satellite dishes, and all sorts of things that just seemed to emerge when you just looked around long enough.

So the idea of entering the station and taking to the Funicular was a really fortuitous one, for a while it also felt like some sort of just reward for enduring the downpour a short while before

Fortunately, I had my camera with and these are some of the images that represent my interprepation of “rhythym ” ……the journey continues……………


Weekly Photo Challenge : Summer

This weeks Photo Challenge topic – Summer, is a bit of a contradiction for me, seeing that here, in the Southern hemisphere, we are in the midst of Winter. Nevertheless, I warmed to the idea :-), difficult not to, when the topic conjures up images of sun, sand, beach, holiday, fun, long days etc…etc. 🙂

Muizenberg Beach, about 25 minutes from Cape Town City Centre, is probably one of our many premier “summer” beaches. An incredibly long beach with gentle waves lazily making their way to the shore. No wonder it is one of the most popular surfing beaches in the region. Surfers young and old, from all genres, if there is such a thing in surfing vocabulary…..sporting, surfboards, longboards, body boards, paddle boards..I think (*the ones you stand on and paddle) and various other surf flotation device, make their way to this beach to make most of the “surfing” friendly conditions. They arrive as early as sunrise, some on their own, some couples, others with parents, or children for that matter, with a few friends, and even in a group of learners with a teacher in tow. “Summer”, is obviously when it is most busy, but even the coldest winters are not cold enough to keep purists away ..

I on the other hand was just an observer, with camera in hand. I got there at sunrise earlier this year, and watched  the activity unfurl…………how as the sun broke through the horizon, the activity on the beach increased, and in a short time the beach was a hive of activity, with surfers, swimmers, walkers, joggers, lovers, picnickers, strollers etc all making the most of the “summer” day on this popular beach.

Todays images are some of those that I captured while taking all of this in………………the journey continues……………………