Trains, Cameras, and Story Book Towns on False Bay

Last Sunday I had the pleasure of joining the Cape Town Photographer’s group on an image making train ride from Claremont Station in Cape Town to Simon’s Town. There were several scheduled stops along the way to get out and photograph in small groups. It’s was a great concept that worked perfectly thanks to the organizer of the outing. Photographers could team up, make friends, and share information all in the safety of a group. I don’t care what city you’re in, if you’re carrying a camera you’re a possible target, so there’s safety in numbers. The organizer scheduled every stop at these little and sometimes not so little seaside towns on the False Bay side of Cape Town. The train was pretty grungy, but it added to the flavor of the trip and it was relatively cheap transportation. We stopped  at St. James, walked to Kalk Bay, and continued on to Simon’s Town to have a prearranged lunch at a nice restaurant. On the way back we stopped at Muizenberg which was the largest of the towns. Each one of these towns has it’s own flavor, personality and history. Some looked English Colonial and some Dutch. I'm not at all knowledgeable on Architecture, but I know what I like and what is old, and it was all that. The other great thing about a group like this is that when we go out to make images, our subjects are also less suspicious because it is obvious that we belong to something. So it becomes non-threatening and much easier to get people to be OK making their image. All in all, loved it. A great trip and concept that I would recommend to all.