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February 24, 2011

City centre photo walk – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

Last week I went with a few friends on a walk through the centre of Cape Town on a quiet Sunday. We weren’t walking for a cause, nor were we walking to get anywhere. We were walking to take photos. I live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, yet I have very little experience of the city itself – the people, the buildings, the streets themselves. These are part of what makes Cape Town so amazing.


The beginning and the end. We started on the corner of Adderley and Hout streets, just outside of the Company’s Garden.

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As you make your way down Adderley, you are assaulted by contrasts, a mix of old and new, colourful and drab. Take the Adderley Hotel and compare it to the Standard Bank building.


An amazing contrast for only a 200m stretch of road.


On Buitenkant, something was up. Police vehicles were blocking off a stretch of road.


We noticed something amiss when we stumbled across some street names that we had never heard of ...


And then a car that was most definitely not Cape Town Metro Police ... With luck we had stumbled on a movie shoot. No one was willing to tell us what it was, or who was in it. But it is still great to see the Cape Town film industry at work.


We spotted some awesome graffiti along the way.


This piece is my personal favourite.


I also tried my hand at some street photography, shooting from the hip so that I could catch the expressions and body language of the people I was shooting without affecting them.

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And, of course, what would any photography outing be without one “arty”, mostly out of focus, image? Thanks to @blindcripple, @cazpi and @paulscott56 for the great company along the way!

Do you have images of Cape Town you’d like to share with us? We’d love you to join the Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group!

Images © RichardAtUCT 2011


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