Sometimes beautiful things come from a love story and then it is there for ordinary people like us.
Memories Chapel is situated on the Memories Corner property in Midrand, corner Whisken & New Road. It is a small chapel with a big story.
The couple who owns the property loves everything antique and has an antiques shop too. They decided to build the chapel and bought reclaimed wood for the exterior, found church pews, a pulpit and more beautiful treasures that may have ended up on a landfill.
The chapel can be hired for small weddings and baptisms.
I don’t know what I’m enjoying more – taking photos with the Instax Mini 8 or taking photos of the Instax photos. Finding the doors also makes me happy and seeing the smiles on people’s faces when they see the photos is just such a nice feeling.
When I first started thinking about doing the project I had a vague memory of my parents’ old Instamatic camera – and a few photos from my childhood. Then I got the Instax Mini 8 and it just gelled. The camera attracts attention and I get to take unique photos.
Nowhere on a map or tourist attraction website will you find this quaint little white house with thatched & green roof that sits against a mountain just off the Houtbosdorp road. Yet, somehow a big corporation like ZZ2 (the people that grow tomatoes, avos, mangoes and more) decided it was worth restoring.
So it is somewhere off a gravel road that tests the limit of your little town car, just past University of Limpopo, up and down a few hills – on the right… Driving up the road that had clearly seen heavy rain my little Chev Spark had to cross over “dongas” that could’ve swallowed her whole – and there was a misty rain blowing down against the mountain.
…and there it sat, a little white house with a thatched & green roof surrounded by mist that swept around it like a blanket.
My cameras struggled with rain on the lenses, but I pushed through and I captured a little of this home where a couple raised their children in a house with few too many bedrooms and way too little space – and not so standard doors.
The story goes that the couple had a bunch of kids and when they passed on and the kids had moved away the house fell into ruin. Since it has been restored one or 2 old pieces of furniture from the original owners was obtained and an old coal stove is on lend from my bro-in-law. The house has a rondavel attached which brings the grand total of rooms to 3 and a stoep – I didn’t see the outhouse (which I assume they would’ve used). It isn’t really big, but it would’ve been warm if the coal stove was fed.
I love historical buildings – even if it is a plain old building with no special architectural features. It is the fact that somebody decided to move up a mountain and carve out a live that tickles my interest – and trigger happy camera fingers.
There are certain things that will always be true about me, I love cats and I love pink. So when I stumble across a door that is the exact pink of my toes (and my favourite colour) I do a little happy dance and bring out the cameras.
This pink door is at Sherbet Angel, a beauty spa, in Parkhurst (Johannesburg).
We don’t often stop at the beautiful place between us and our destinations, but when we do – magic happens.
Last week I started my “Doors of… Project” with 3 cameras in tow, my trusty Fujifilm digital camera that I have dragged all over the world, my iPhone 6 and my brand new Instax Mini sponsored by Fujifilm. Taking photos with digital cameras are super easy – if you don’t like a photo or it is out of focus you just take another one. The Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 was a whole different story…
I wanted to bring an element of nostalgia into my photos without photoshopping and that is why the Instax Mini is in the mix of cameras too.
First on my itinerary was this new mosque built in Midrand. Its pointy towers pierces the skies from a large piece of land next to the Old Johannesburg Road. The Nzimayi complex consists of the mosque, school, restaurant and more and its sheer size is impressive.
I phoned ahead to make sure that I would be allowed to take photos in the mosque complex – and it’s a good thing I did. During my visit I was asked 4 times if I had permission to take photos. As soon as I reassured them that I had permission , they were all very happy for me to drag my cameras around. As per usual with mosques I had to cover up from ankle to wrists and wear a headscarf when entering the mosque.
The mosque courtyard is surrounded by white arches that gives you glimpses of doors surrounded by blue flowery mosaics.
Standing inside the mosque you will feel dwarfed by this impressive space. It has a high ceiling with many windows – and down below students that are learning and worshipers. The opulence feels new, not yet lived in but beautiful.