Saturday, November 12, 2011

Table Mountain - A Cape Town Wonder


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Last night, our dear Table Mountain, was chosen as one of the 7 New Wonders of the World. This is a big deal for Cape Tonians, as in some way or the other, our lives are influenced by this majestic rock daily.

Either you use it as a way to align yourself with direction ("towards the mountain" is a universally accepted wind-direction for us. "Away from the mountain" is seldom said, since this leaves most of us with a nagging feeling of discomfort, so we rather just say "Towards Bellville", which for most people who live in the City Bowl, in the shadow of the mountain, is akin to saying "Towards Cairo"), or a happy place to look at and feel some sense of calm. Even from my very semi-industrial enclave in the suburbs, I can see Table Mountain. Ok, from my porch at the studio, looking over a petrol station, I can see it.

 



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Well, photographers don't escape the influence of the moutain either. Or at least I don't. Whether I'm shooting scenics, showing our beautiful outcrop, or whether I'm shooting a portrait of Ryan O'Connor, or a wedding for foreign visitors (infront and on the mountain), cars for a magazine with the mountain peeping out over the skyline, bottles of wine for an advert dropped in over the mountain with a clever catchline... or out at Blouberg beach with my family. She always crops up somewhere.
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 The view from Table Mountain is 360 degrees of amazing sights. There is nothing in the way, except the odd cloud now and again. But for the most part, the view from Cape Town's beacon is gorgeous. In every direction.
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Ryan O'Conner for MyWeek, 2009. Contact http://www.nelimages.com/ for Editorial License

Wedding 2011

Wedding 2010

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 Who wouldn't want to practice water-sports against a backdrop like that? Even if you wipe out primo, people can still see your body get wrecked but the Atlantic against a tranquil backdrop. The wind in this area is also generally good for wind- and kitesurfing enthusiasts.


Wedding 2009

Wedding 2009

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 All in all, as I hope you can see, we're very privileged to have this rock crop out over us, and we are very clever to live where we do. I'm just grateful that Cape Town and those custodians of its brand, has taken a very keen angle on promoting all things Cape Town. We've been chosen as the host city for the World Design Capital 2014 initiative, we made a huge success of the FIFA 2010 leg in Cape Town, and are continually pushing forward the image and beauty of our fair city.


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