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Martin Kellermann

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Kempton Park sewage works
« on: September 04, 2017, 21:11:38 »
Sometimes photography takes us to queer places. Some time ago my friend who is a water scientist and I visited an abandoned sewage works of the Ekhuruleni (previously Kempton Park) city. It was a fascinating pace, not all that safe, but full of photography opportunities. I was happy to have an expert with me who could explain what all the structures are used for. The graffiti artists were there long before us  :) :) :). Martin

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Re: Kempton Park sewage works
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2017, 18:39:06 »
Martin, you are a braver man than me. I drive past this facility regularly, but have not been able to scrape up the courage to examine it on foot.

Do you live close by?

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Re: Kempton Park sewage works
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2017, 19:19:50 »
Hi Peter,
Nice to meet a fellow SA NG member in cyber space. I used to live in Pretoria, I am now located in George. I would also not venture there on my own - I was with a friend that knew the facility in his professional capacity. Always the better option to be with company in these run-down places.
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Re: Kempton Park sewage works
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2017, 05:30:21 »
Thanks for the reply Martin. Give me a shout if you ever come this way again?

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Re: Kempton Park sewage works
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2017, 06:44:03 »
Martin - your sewerage works looks a tad different to our sewerage works in Cape Town... We dont have such lovely art. cool shots
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Re: Kempton Park sewage works
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2017, 08:55:15 »
Always nice to see graffiti, thanks.
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Re: Kempton Park sewage works
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2017, 13:39:21 »
Colorful but a bit spooky.  I wonder where the skeleton of a crummy (?) came from.  Did it accidentally fall into the sewage and drowned (when the sewage was still in operation) or starved (after it had been abandoned)?
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Re: Kempton Park sewage works
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2017, 09:54:09 »
Akira,
The place is a bit spooky. All the closed structures and vessels had a gap blown by dynamite so that when you fall in you could get out. Some of these openings you can see in the images. The animal, I don't know what it was, probably a goat or a sheep, was most likely slaughtered, cooked and eaten by the vagrants that moved in soon after the facility was shut down. When we visited there was no sign of vagrants  - fortunately. Martin

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Re: Kempton Park sewage works
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2017, 12:44:55 »
Martin, thanks for the details of the place.  Blowing the structures by dynamite seems to be the appropriate way to keep the abandoned sewage from becoming a dangerously secret place.
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Re: Kempton Park sewage works
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2017, 20:48:00 »
Not sure how long ago the photos were taken, but an open field close by is used regularly nowadays for religious ceremonies.

I am wondering whether the (goat?) was slaughtered in some form of ceremony? Having said that though, I don't know too much about it.

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Re: Kempton Park sewage works
« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2017, 13:23:06 »
First shot stand out for me, the iron reinforcement blending with the grass in the foreground is striking!
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