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Embassy of The Netherlands, Cape Town
Image by DanieVDM
The Lutheran Church is one of the oldest Protestant churches in South Africa, consecrated in 1787. The bell tower was added in 1818. In 1771, Martin Melck gave his fellow Lutherans permission to hold services in his barn in Strand Street. A few years later, consent was given to convert the barn into the Lutheran Church. The church’s carved pulpit by Anreith has become famous. Melck had set aside land next to the church for a parsonage, though it was only after his death that it was built. Designed by Anreith, Martin Melck House is the only surviving example of an 18th century townhouse complete with dakkamer (roof-room). On the other side of the church is the Sexton’s House, built in 1787. It is now restored and serves as the Netherlands Embassy.


Hurricane Dean: Authorized Departure for American Embassy dependents (panograph)
Image by robert birkenes
‘Twas in another lifetime, one of toil and blood
When blackness was a virtue and the road was full of mud
I came in from the wilderness, a creature void of form.
"Come in," she said,
"I’ll give you shelter from the storm."
Bob Dylan, 1974.

I shot this panograph composed of about 52 individual shots, while waiting in our Embassy in Kingston for all spouses and children to be bused to the airport to depart prior to expected visit from Hurricane Dean. Stitched in PTGui, manually set transparency for each layer in The Gimp. Please share your comments. As this possible disaster unfolds, I plan to shoot more (normal photos, as well as panographs).

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