Tag: Building

Offices Deserted

Offices Deserted

Randomly chosen by fellow photographer Russel Harris from my Blue collection.

Before 1Fox – The Sheds was hip and filled with good food there was just the derelict abandoned buildings of 14 Alexander Street.
Today, it has been recycled and houses a food market, a micro brewery and much more.

Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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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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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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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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