The Southern Line snakes between Cape Town and Simonstown – 37 kilometers of some of the most spectacular scenery in the Cape. But talk about incongruities. The windows at times are so grimy that the mountains and ocean are mere smudges in the distance. Some of the modern coaches are spruced-up, others smeared with offensive graffiti. Businessmen in suits rub shoulders with bling hipsters; beggars share seats with tourists. Some commuters sit comfortably while others hang out the moving carriages, hoping to arrive at their station alive and on time.
Over 3.5 million commuters depend on the line monthly, but a late, idling, or cancelled train is common. Yet at times it all seems so smooth. Ticket office open, security guards patrolling, trains on schedule, and spotless coaches make for an effortless journey DOWN THE LINE.
See Inside . . .
Down The Line consists of 118 colour and black & white images portraying an honest reportage of the diversity in South Africa which include images of; the trains, stations, personnel and commuters from the first train in the morning until the last train at night. The 15 personal paragraphs accompanying the pictures – given by commuters – gives a clear understanding of South African commuting life on this well travelled line.
On very few occassions – if any – has a photographer been allowed to photograph this line making this photographic coffee table book unique. This book isn’t a normal “glossy” travel book but rather an artistic, authentic, photo-essay. It is not a promotional book for Metrorail.
Down The Line is available in soft cover copy.
As the book is independently published it’s available directly from www.garyhirson.com
Gary Hirson is a professional photographer, entrepreneur and writer. Since the release of his first book The Magic that’s Ours he now talks at schools to pupils about the importance of reading, the power of our imaginations and the benefits of setting, affirming and visualizing goals.
From the website: R245.00 (incl. V.A.T.) signed copy
Local Postage: R40.00 (Registered)
International Postage: R275.00
Imprint: Calm in Storm
Publication Date: September 2012
Format: 245 x 200mm, 180pages, Soft Cover
Category: Coffee Table Book – Art
Bank: First National Bank Gardens
Account Name: Calm In Storm
Account No.: 62214503189
Branch Code: 201511
Account Type: Cheque