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..
We 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

Our hosts..

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!

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Comment by GaryMcLeod on December 12, 2010 at 8:52pm

Did you and Grant agree or disagree on anything?

Comment by GaryMcLeod on December 12, 2010 at 7:49pm

Hi Kim, I'm just reviewing things at the moment. About the garden at the house, do you know how much it had been altered or why it had been altered?


Comment by GaryMcLeod on December 9, 2010 at 4:41pm
Yep, I got the email. I sent them a thanks too.

Do you feel inspired to revisit some of the other locations too?
Comment by Kim Stevens on December 9, 2010 at 4:36pm
I hope you received the copy email of letter of thanks sent to the navy?
Comment by Kim Stevens on December 9, 2010 at 4:35pm
Yes..there was a real sense of excitement and satisfaction of finding the correct spots by meticulously lining up buildings from the original photographs...also a sense of relief that elements of the past still remain and a sense of wonder at how much had changed...
We wondered if in a hundred years time someone would have our photos and try to line things up and try and recreate the past?
Comment by GaryMcLeod on December 9, 2010 at 4:27pm
This is great stuff Kim. It sounds like you and Grant had a nice day, and that they were so helpful. I will send them an email to say thanks again. Looks like a beautiful day too!

What was it like for you to stand in the same place as the photographer? Did you feel you were connecting with history in any particular way? It may sound like a strange question but there have been moments when people have felt an eery feeling or something.

Also, what have you learnt from the experience? Do you feel inspired in any way?

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