Category: Daily Photo

At the feet of a majestic school

At the feet of a majestic school

Randomly chosen by fellow photographer Cliff Featherstone from my Blue collection.

It’s 7:10 in the morning.
The sun has just risen.
The English flag is bartered in the wind.
It’s Sunday and the the question that I ask myself is: What am I doing back at school?
Obviously, I am doing the only thing I would be doing at a school at that unholy time in the morning, I am photographing it.
Welcome to St John’s College.

Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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Ansteys Building Foyer

Ansteys Building Foyer

Randomly chosen by my mother Claire Parent from my Blue collection.

I restarted something I stopped doing about a year ago, asking people to randomly chose the next photos I will be posting.
This forces me to think each time I post a photo as they often are from different shoot and eras.
This one is from a photowalk back in January 2015, we covered central Johannesburg that day.
One of the buildings, Mark Straw managed to get access to was the Ansteys Building, finished in 1937 of an Art Deco style.

Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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Abstract Illuminated

Abstract Illuminated

When it comes to abstract art I am completely out of my depth, I just go “Wot?”, as you can imagine creating it is not forte.
But my wife, Geraldine, is natural at it, she will find the oddest, simplest, most out there things to photograph, things I would not even consider and illuminate them.
Though I edited this image, she shot it and her inspiration and creativity sits behind it.

Photograph by Geraldine Parent © 2016

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Anglo-Boer War Memorial

Anglo-Boer War Memorial

South Africa has built a rich and varied history in its short existence.
Unfortunately, a lot of the South African history is a dark one, this memorial remembers one of these dark times, the Anglo-Boer War of 1899 to 1902, a time of holocaust a time of concentration camps.

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Joburg sunset

Joburg Sunset

Johannesburg’s air is always crisp after a good rain, that Saturday I was on the 50th floor of the Carlton Centre Tower and, unexpectedly, it rained.
Johannesburg suddenly came alive as the sunset shown across web roads and roofs, a sight I had never had the pleasure of noticing before, one I will need to experience again.

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The rain cometh

It is Saturday evening and a few photographers have come together on the 50th floor of the Carlton Center and the weather is not playing nice.
Once a renowned and hip tourist attraction the “Top of Africa” is now a desert of derelict shops and restaurants.
It still holds one unique aspect, it is the highest publicly accessible point of Johannesburg City Center, that makes it attractive to any photographers.
This was the west view as we arrived.

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Grass

Grass

Photo 10 the 2016 Collection

Wide-angle photography is not easy, sure when it is a landscape or cityscape, point, frame, shoot and voila!
But there is so much more to it than that, the finer details, the wide scope of life and more, much more.
My wife, Geraldine, is so good at finding these, I often think she is a natural. She will deny it but she does have an eye for it.

Photograph by Geraldine Parent © 2016

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Kimberley Hole Tented Camp

Kimberley Hole Tented Camp

Photo 8 the 2016 Collection

As you walk into the “village” in Santarama Miniland the first thing presented to you it a replica of what the Kimberley Hole was like during the rush, tented camp and all.
Petty most of it is falling apart.

Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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Santarama Miniland

Santarama Miniland

Photo 7 the 2016 Collection

I love the derelict because it makes for good photography, but today I found myself ashamed of the derelict, I found myself shameful of being South African.
You may think it is the politics of the last few days and you would be wrong in many ways.
I was organizing a photo-walk with a challenge, 50mm shallow depth of field, I wanted everyone to have an opportunity to get it right with little effort so the rest was up to creativity.
What a better place to do such a walk than a miniland full of historical building models?
This is a tourist attraction on the famed red bus tour after all, though I was told that it had gone down I thought of it as it need a coat of pain, was I wrong!
The pace is a mess, it has not been maintained in so long it is literally falling apart, with an non-refundable entrance fee of R35 it is grand theft, no less.
Johannesburg Tourism owe to look into this and Santarama should just close it or refurbish it.
It is a petty because it is a good concept.
This is one of the better looking models.

Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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King of the wall

King of the Wall

Photo 6 the 2016 Collection

In a continuation of my “from my garden” series is this one of my many resident geckos.

Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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