In the small seaside town of Wilderness, South Africa lies the derelict train tracks of the once infamous Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe. A landslide that occurred in 2006 obscured the tracks and it was decided that the Choo-Tjoe was not core business for Transnet (South African Rail operator). The line was thus not repaired. The Choo-Tjoe took people from Knysna to George along the coast and was a major tourist attraction for the region. The cost of repairs is estimated in the hundreds of Millions although local reports state that Knysna looses that much in tourism revenue on a yearly basis. It must have been a wonderful train trip when it was running and if someone can make it economically viable to bring it back it would be great. There are ideas about turning the line into a biking track or a walking path. Regardless of what happens the line should be used for some tourism activity because it is simply beautiful.
In 2014 while busy with my Thesis I found a great distraction; editing photographs by taking out the sky portion and replacing it with parallel stripes. I started on a photo taken of Table Mountain in 2011. The photo was taken from the boat that we were taking to visit Robben Island. I loved the way that it turned out and decided to make more. I had the idea of creating a piece for each of the cities that I had visited, and given that we were living in East London, I decided to take a picture of the harbour and created the picture below.
With this being a great distraction, I often found myself spending hours editing photographs to create, what I have decided to term, Striated Skies. Pictured below is the bridge going into KZN that was taken on my Honeymoon, a picture of Garlic fields near Meiringspoort and one of the ‘hogs’ of Hogsback
I came up with the name ‘Striated Skies’ by looking for a synonym for stripe. The definitions are below.