Man Mountains and Machines

During the winter of 2005 I was commissioned by Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company – TMACC, to photograph a project review manual linked to the changing of the Heel and Haul cables that pull the cable-cars up and down the mountain.

I thought I’d just be photographing pictures for a manual.

Arriving on the first day I was confronted with containers, workers in overalls and crane trucks with massive spools of cable. All of what I witnessed made me realise the scale of the operation, and instantly I knew that this was going to be more than just a project manual. I never realised that this was to be the beginning of a 15-year journey.

Since then I’ve photographed the shutdown on an annual basis. During this time I’ve photographed; the changing of the 2 cables, the refurbishing of the cable cars, the cleaning of the cables upon which the cable cars run, evacuation and safety procedure practices from the cable car, upgrades to the lower and top cable stations and other maintenance needed to ensure a smooth operation and the safety of the many tourists that travel up the mountain by cable car.

This year TMACC celebrates its 90th anniversary.

This exhibition forms part of celebrating this milestone and showcases some of the many things that I’ve witnessed behind the scenes, where men and women work with machine on a mountain.