Category Archives: Johannesburg

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Glass

I have a new client in the Joburg CBD and I confess that the CBD is not one of my favourite places merely from a traffic point of view. On Monday Che and I got caught up in the gridlock that ensued, presumably as a result of the temporary closure of the Kazerne Bridge for repairs.

This means that a major route out of town for people living on the East Rand is closed for about 16 months. Off course people will find new routes and traffic patterns will stabilise once again.

In order to prevent a repeat of Monday Che and I agreed that I would walk up town to the Standard Bank precinct, which is on the edge of town, and get picked up there. An 8 to 10 minute walk to prevent potentially getting caught up in 90 minutes of chaos. This also provides me with the opportunity to take photos of interesting buildings.

I love the Joburg CBD for it old buildings, many built in a Classical style, others in the Art Dec style, and yet others, more modern. I took this photo of a building with the reflection of another building in its glass windows.

Reflections in the glass
©2018 Regina Martins

This post was prepared in response to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Glass. Click on the link to see more entries in this week’s challenge.

 

Seven Days of Black & White Photos

The seven-day black & white photo challenge is doing the rounds on Facebook, and I took up the challenge. If you haven’t come across it yet, it is about posting a photo of your life each day for seven days. No photos of people. No commentary. Challenge someone new each day.

Day 1, a spring leaf…

©2017 Regina Martins

Day 2, spinach growing in our garden. I planted it last summer and it survived the winter. Tender bright green leaves are growing again.

©2017 Regina Martins

Day 3, I submitted my social entrepreneurship assignment, on time!

©2017 Regina Martins

Day 4 I was in Cape Town. Don’t you just love how neatly the luggage trolleys stack into each other?

©2017 Regina Martins

Day 5, book order arrived. I ordered it months ago and had given up on it when it arrived! Relieved and glad.

©2017 Regina Martins

Day 6, shopping at the mall. It’s located on a high and is a beautiful vantage point over the valley.

©2017 Regina Martins

Day 7, today, and the first cup of coffee I posted. Americano with cold milk. It’s so easy for me to post a cup of coffee! I held out until day 7.

©2017 Regina Martins

Did you also enter the FB challenge? Post a link to your blog post telling us all about it in the comments below.

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter D – 4 letters words that start with D

Not your ordinary photo challenge, Cee Fun Photo Challenge is going through the alphabet. This week we’re asked to post photos the subject of which starts with the letter D and is 4 letters in length. As Cee says:

You can always use adjectives and adverbs with a specific topic just make sure you give us the word that fits the requirements of this challenge.  Feel free to use your native language as your inspiration for this challenge, just please give us the word in your language and the english translation.  Use your imagination for this theme.  The thing is to have a lot of fun with this challenge.

This week we have dawn, dusk and door.

Wintry Durban dawn:

Wintry Durban dawn
©2017 Regina Martins

I love these doors with so much unique character in Lisbon:

A door in Bairro Alto, Lisbon
©2017 Regina Martins
A door in Alfama, Lisbon
©2017 Regina Martins

And now for the pics I seem to take the most of – dusk…

Mediterranean dusk
©2017 Regina Martins
Highveld dusk
©2017 Regina
Another Highveld dusk
©2017 Regina Martins

To enter this challenge, click here.

 

It Was Rosebank Today

I needed a working space to collaborate with M, my colleague and Rosebank was the first choice. For many reasons:

  • Sandton is just gridlocked
  • Rosebank is closer to me
  • There’s great coffee in Rosebank at Motherland Coffee – with great chill vibes playing in the background – my ideal workspace
  • It’s trendy and cosmopolitan
  • There are amazing clothes shops which are a treat to windowshop
  • It’s across the road from the Gautrain station, convenient for M who came from Cape Town to support me at an important client meeting

I found a water feature – it was new to me – and it’s probably been there for ages. I only noticed it today. In any event, below are some of the pics I took (notice the mandatory coffee and muffin pic…?)