18/52 - self portrait challenge
It took me some time to track down the semi-abandoned Scheppmann/Rooibank Church on the edge of the Kuiseb river (with spectacular dune belt) near the Atlantic Ocean. My family, including my mother accompanied me on yet another quest and i was not about to give up even when we took the wrong turnoff and ended up on some pretty rough terrain. Naturally Nic has insisted on a GPS and better co-oridnates in future, seems like 'somewhere near Walvisbay' does not cut it for a man...;)
When we finally found the church perched on a small hill it was very close to sunset, so i had very little time to get dressed into the long dress, set up the camera on a tripod and figure out with Nic where the speedlite should be placed. We placed the speedlite to the left facing the setting sun.
I wanted to include the church bell and some of the surrounds. It simply is surreal. The church was open (looks like the lock had been damaged). There are still colorful stained glass windows. and it seems the church is still used occasionally most likely for a small community of Topnaars living in the vicinity. The birds are cormorants and not crows.
The Rhenish missionary Heinrich Scheppmann established and ran (until 29.08.1847) this mission station at Rooibank near Walvis Bay.
I ended up with a damaged central bearing &prop shaft on my Jeep and we limped home to Swakopmund. Fortunately the Prop shaft was removed and we drove back to Windhoek safely yesterday. What will this image have cost me ultimately?... don't ask.
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