Gallery and Contortionist

Today was cold grey and a bit wet and I had planned to do a few things in the centre of town, on foot. I stupidly wore the wrong shoes and walking through Greenmarket Square I hobbled like an old drunkard on the cobblestones. Luckily the rain had stopped by the time I got there because I forgot my umbrella. Great planning, as you can see. After my errands I headed for the Company’s Garden and on my way I stopped at the Crypt Coffee Shop under St George’s Cathedral which serves nice cappuccino (I got one with a heart shape in the froth – very flirtatious) and has posters commemorating the 1989 peace marches held throughout the country – a sobering moment down memory lane.

Then I walked up Government Avenue which I am loving more and more every time I go there. I can’t believe I used to walk up and down through the Company’s Garden every day on my way to and from school and am now enjoying it as if for the first time. On the lawns in front of the museum was a group of about 300 small children on a school outing, managed by only 4 adults – it was chaotic! One of the teachers was screaming her head off at them to sit and stop throwing stuff into the pond. I stood and watched for a bit, took a few pics which I am not crazy about so they won’t feature here, and commiserated with the teachers. I would have liked to stick around and see the after effects of the gallons and gallons of orange squash and crisps that was about to be given to them.

Next stop was the Iziko National Gallery to see the French exhibition Rendezvous 12. I had a client last week who had exhibited there so I wanted to see her work. The gallery is looking very tacky considering all the others nearby that are so well looked after. That’s because we, the general public, don’t support them enough. I was glad to see that the front façade has vivid paintings which are recent as they weren’t there in January, but it isn’t enough – it really merits a better first impression. We have several other galleries in Cape Town but this is the National Gallery so it’s important and it’s ours. When did you last go there? It costs only R20 and there are always some interesting exhibitions. Check out what’s on the programme and make a point of visiting but make sure you take a walk through the gardens as well while you’re there.

This is the only painting I managed to shoot properly before the security guard told me to stop :-/ It’s called Contortionist. The whole exhibition was quite unusual and I won’t pretend to have understood even half of it. I liked my client’s work (photographic) but couldn’t get shots of them.

So it’s two pics today.

About Francoise Armour

I run a small touring company (Tours du Cap) at the bottom of Africa, to show visitors the beauty and vibrant culture of the country I have lived in since my parents brought me here from France as a child. I enjoy taking photos and wish I had learnt to do it properly. I enjoy writing but don't do enough of it. I enjoy walking in the mountains that surround me and I marvel over the views and the flowers and the amazing rock formations. I have a small, cute, clever, black dog of indeterminable breed, named Vida, who reminds me regularly that walking and getting out is not only for when tourists want it.

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A note to all accidental visitors:

I am not a photographer and do not claim to have any particular skills whatsoever in that department. I have enormous respect for those who can see the potential in a scene and can create a great photo. Good photography is an art, in my opinion.

I am just a happy snapper, I have no special lenses or accessories, my camera is very simple and it's usually best to leave the setting on auto.

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