I am a father, a grandfather, programmer, website developer, blogger and photographer. I live in Pretoria, South Africa. We are not going to discuss my age, let’s just say that there was no Internet for a big chunk of my life.
I enjoy all genres of photography. It is however street photography that really gets my adrenalin flowing. I enjoy going out there for hours on end, all on my own, looking for that perfect un-posed shot.
I define street photography as UN-POSED images of PEOPLE in a PUBLIC place involved in something that could be of interest to someone else. When it comes to street photography I also impose two ethical rules on myself, my photos should not belittle anyone and I don’t shoot photos of children without permission or implied permission.
About The Blog
This blog is not a normal street photography blog. Here I do not only showcase some of my street photos, I attempt to do a bit more. On the blog I include a bit of history of the city, a few cityscapes, a bit of the architecture in the city as well as a few snippets of what I see happening in the city.
About My City
Pretoria is one of South Africa’s oldest cities serving as the executive branch of government. Marthinus Pretorius founded the city in 1855 and named it after his father Andries Pretorius. Within South Africa Pretoria is popularly known as the “Jacaranda City” due to the thousands of Jacaranda trees planted in its streets, parks and gardens. Jacaranda trees are an invasive species and can longer be planted in Pretoria.
The region became the administrative capital of South Africa, with Cape Town the legislative capital and Bloemfontein the judicial capital, after South Africa gained its independence in 1961.
The city has undergone many changes over the years, and remains one of South Africa’s largest cities – fourth after Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Just over 2 million people call Pretoria home.