Category Archives: Photo Challenges

photos posted with posts for various photo challenges

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Things People Play With

The splashes of colour come from the clothes of people of all ages playing with the white Legos. At the end of the exhibits at the STAM Ghent City Museum is a huge table piled high with white Legos.

All those white Legos, so inviting, no matter how young you are
©2018 Regina Martins
Strength and aesthetics
©2018 Regina Martins

What is it about Lego that is irresistible, and invites us to connect with our inner playful child…?

Interesting structure
©2018 Regina Martins

I admit that this was the first time I’ve seen so many white Legos – most unusual.

Piles and piles of white Lego
©2018 Regina Martins
I wonder which building this is supposed to be?
©2018 Regina Martins

Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge.

 

Sunday Stills: Watery Ghent

Ghent is a veritable Venice of northern Europe with its beautiful canals, waterside residences and boats that trawl the waterways. It’s such a picturesque town that all photos look good.

Yellow hues on the water, it was a watery wintery day where all the colours took on a neutral or monochromatic colour, Ghent
©2018 Regina Martins
Tourist boat trawling the icy canal waters as seen from an arrow slit at Gravensteen Castle, Ghent
©2018 Regina Martins
Gravensteen Castle, place of counts and dungeons, Ghent
©2018 Regina Martins
Reflections silent and icy in Ghent
©2018 Regina Martins

Post prepared for Second Wind, Leisure Perspectives – Sunday Stills: Water.  Click on the link for more entries.

 

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.

 

Eglise Notre Dame du Sablon in Brussels

This beautiful church was built in the late Gothic style in the 15th century, and the exterior had me mesmerised at the intricacy and detail of the stonework and carvings.

Eglise Notre Dame du Sablon
©2018 Regina Martins
Eglise Notre Dame du Sablon
©2018 Regina Martins

According to legend, a young girl from Antwerp had a vision in which the Virgin Mary told her to steal a statue of herself and take it to this chapel. She managed to do this and arrived in Brussels by boat in 1348. The statue was placed in the chapel and became the patron of the guild of archers which later commissioned the bigger Eglise Notre Dame du Sablon. This church took about a century to build.

Eglise Notre Dame du Sablon
©2018 Regina Martins
Eglise Notre Dame du Sablon
©2018 Regina Martins
Eglise Notre Dame du Sablon
©2018 Regina Martins
Eglise Notre Dame du Sablon
©2018 Regina Martins

Sadly I didn’t go inside the church, that according to pics I’ve seen on the web is beautiful.

Definitely next time…


This post was created in response to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Sculptures, statues, carvings.

 

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – June 22, 2018

It’s been a while since I’ve participated in this challenge, which also happens to be my favourite of Cee’s challenges. Let’s see where Which Way is taking us today.

A grueling ferry trip across a short expanse of sea and we’re in Catembe in Maputo. The last time I was there the ferry was packed with cars, trucks, lorries, and people. A bit too crowded for me, but the day we spent in Catembe was soulful and memorable.

Pier at Catembe, Maputo, Mozambique
©2018 Regina Martins

Namibia is one of my favourite places on earth, and Swakopmund my happy place when I’m there. At the bottom end of town next to the lighthouse is a craft and curio market. Swakopmund has tar roads but the vast majority are salt roadways, like this one.

Salt roadway in Swakopmund, Namibia
©2018 Regina Martins

Musical steps at a restaurant in Joburg, they didn’t play music, but I suspect that those are song lyrics on them.

Stairway with song lyrics, Johannesburg, South Africa
©2018 Regina Martins

Entered in Cee’s Which Way Challenge.