I met Grant outside Admiralty House yesterday at 1pm
We were met by a very charming Sergeant Samantha Chengan and Petty Officer Medupe who work for the Navy's PRO department.
We explained to them a little about the Challenger project and showed the copies of the original photographs taken in and around Admiralty house..
e began in the garden and easily identified where the original image was taken from . We surmised that the original photographer would have probably had a 50mm lens and so positioned ourselves to obtain an image as close as possible to the original...
We noticed that a pitched roof had been added and the admirals stoep had been closed in and the garden altered significantly..
We then made our way through thick vegetation to what I thought was admirals pier and tried to take a picture as in 45617..
however we worked out from dominant buildings that the picture must have been taken out at sea...with that the navy personnel offered to arrange a boat to take us to the original spot!!!
But on our walk back up the beach we came upon the correct pier and were easily able to see that that was the correct spot..again by lining up dominant buildings in the original photos
We then went back to Admiralty house and took a few more pictures,said our goodbyes and went to find the site of 45620...
...up the hill we worked out that the photo 45620 would probably have been taken from the balcony of a victorian house also belonging to the navy (now a "Legal satellite sub office" but we did our best and took some photos from the road beneath the house..Grant standing on the open window bar of his car!