Tag: Johannesburg

Yellow tailed wasp

Yellow tailed wasp

I have some luck with flying insects lately, I do not even have to leave the confines of my garden.
I unfortunately do not have a scientific name for this beauty, if you do please leave me a note and I’ll add it.
Shot in my garden.

Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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Xylocopa caffra

This is the Xylocopa caffra also commonly known as the Carpenter Bee and this is a bee I would rather not argue with, large does not describe it, for a bee that is (2cm +)
Shot in my garden.

Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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Macaw Parrot

Macaw parrot snapshot

One, if not my biggest, pet peeve in the photography space is: Because you are known as a photographer, snapshots will not do!
But what if I wanted to share a memory, not a portfolio image?
No you cannot and will not publish that, says the masses!

So I am defying the masses, here is my macaw parrot snapshot!

Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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Purple Rain

The jacarandas in Johannesburg are a sight to see, the northern suburbs of the city turn purple with these majestic trees.
This, from end of October the the firs few weeks of November, is the season.
We call it purple rain season and you can see why.
Interesting fact: The Jacaranda is not native to South Africa or Africa for that matter, even if our capital city Pretoria is widely known for it. The tree is native of Central and South America.

Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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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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Sunday at the train station

Sunday at the train station

Randomly chosen by fellow UK photographer Kim Brown from my Blue collection.

Sunrises and sunset alike are funny things, one day they will be the most beautiful thing on earth, the next plain as can be.
On this day it was just a vaguely interesting sunrise behind a lot of clouds.

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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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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