In the week that I was visiting her, my mother really was very accommodating of my love of photography, wine tasting and seeing new things, even if I chose badly. First I asked if we could go to Dassiesfontein, which she warned me against (and I didn’t enjoy it one bit) and then I suggested we go to a town up the coast called Gansbaai.
I didn’t do my research very well, and there wasn’t much to see, but on the way out we stopped off in the cutest village called Stanford. As we drove in on Queen Victoria Street, we noticed an Antique shop, The New Junk Shop, on the left. The place sucked me in, and I realised that it held everything that I had been expecting from Dassiesfontein. We didn’t even get to see the rest of the village, I enjoyed the antique shop so much.
The place is filled mostly with old treasures, with very little of the new junk to which its name refers. Why the quirky name then? According to the owner, the original Junk Shop was in Cape Town, before he decided to pack up and move out to the sticks.
I had been telling my mother that I was keen to look for some lenses to go with my 35mm film camera. And so I asked the acerbic proprietor. He reached under the counter and handed me a dusty old 80-210mm. I screwed it onto my Pentax, and it seemed to fit.
“Is that all you have,” I asked hopefully.
At that he rummaged around some more and found a 400mm in a beat-up case. Both lenses looked terrible – with mouldy looking interiors, but I bought them anyway, for all of R100 (around $8). As soon as I buy some film I’ll be trying them out. And the mould will probably make for some creative shots! (Insert smiley emoji here.)