One of VASSA’s aims is to provide a collection point – or portal – for information relating to South African vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes.

So please – join the Members’ Gallery and upload your photographs using the VASSA group within Flickr,
or add yours to existing folders on particular sites to help build a collective knowledge base.

(Flickr is a free application which allows users to store up to 300MB of their images free of charge in a system that is “cloud” based – meaning the back up and curatorial responsibilities are taken care of by Flickr, freeing up your hard drive and ensuring safe long-term back up of your images.)

For those who like conserving vernacular buildings and environments, this offers a simple and effective way to set up a free archive that we, as fellow enthusiasts can share. Rather than duplicate repositories, we want to encourage like-minded people to share their images via Flickr.

In this way VASSA members who have been photographing buildings and environments since 1964, could contribute to a vast collection of images, many with dates known, which would be a hugely valuable resource

Getting started – How to upload photos to Flickr

Visit and create a Yahoo email address by clicking on Sign Up (top right corner) and adding your details.

Once your Yahoo email address is set up (or if you have one already), visit again and sign in by entering your Yahoo email address and password (alternatively, you can also sign in with your Facebook password by clicking on the Sign in with Facebook tag).  

Click on the Here’s how to get started link and create your Flickr profile.

You are now ready to upload photos! Click on the Upload photos and video link, then click on the option that says: “Choose photos and videos to upload,’’ and select the photos that you want to upload from your computer. Then click on Upload to photostream. It may take quite a long time to upload images, so you’ll have to be patient!

Once the photos have uploaded, you can choose various privacy settings by clicking on the Owner settings tab and choosing whether you want a copyright option or make the photos only visible to certain people. This is especially useful if you don’t want your photos accessible by the general public.

How to upload photos to Flickr as part of the VASSA group

Do the same as above, but search for Capelight (one word) on the Flickr website ( the Search option once you are logged in the Flickr.
This is John Kramer’s profile name. Send him a Flickr mail message by clicking on the small yellow envelope icon at the top right of his profile and request to join the VASSA Flickr group.
Once he has accepted your request, you will be able to see other VASSA members’ photos and upload your own photos to this group.

If you have any queries and need to be guided through the process please call Jim Hislop on 083 950 9586.