Friday Photo 24: Chilling Under the Cooling Tower
This weeks’ Friday photo was taken during our recent Ama-Zing Race outing. The Coke Cooling Tower overlooks the Soccer City precinct out at Nasrec. It is the only remnant of the original coal-fired power station that was located on the piece of land now entirely dominated by the Soccer City Stadium that will see the opening and final matches of this years’ Fifa World Cup tournament.
The makeshift hut and caravan in the foreground are used by vendors supplying services to the construction workers who are still on site, as they complete the finishing touches on the stadium surrounds.
The day we visited the spaza store in the bottom of the image it was serving a couple of customers – one was waiting for meat to finish grilling on the braai, another was having his hair trimmed, and a third was snoozing in the shade of the canopy. We woke him up to get a picture of him with our YMJG sign.
If you’re in Joburg and haven’t seen the new stadium yet, make a point of trying to get out there sometime. It really is an amazing building up close.
The picture has had only small adjustments made to it in order to straighten it out. I then put it thorough some colour enhancements and filters to give a slightly harder urban feeling to it. Not sure if it works entirely though, but what the hey. I think it’s interesting. And I get to tell people that I am “edgy”.
“Chilling Under the Cooling Tower” © Greg Pillhofer, 2010
Original Capture: 30/03/2010, 11:43am – Johannesburg, South Africa
Nikon Coolpix S570 | f/5.4 | 1/500 sec | ISO-80 | 5mm | No flash