Little Karoo Sunrise (6 pictures)

There are people who find ‘spiritual enlightment’ in a decorated (bit of paint, a few candles) pig stable in McGregor in South Africa and if they are happy with it … fine with us. They pay a little fortune for that and that is fine for the owner … 😉

We went budget friendly into the mountains somewhere in the hot and dry Little Karoo and disappeared in emptiness …..


Early this morning in the informal settlement

One could surely say that an informal settlement is a kind of eco village. What you see is shacks build of used materials. Old poles, corrugated steel, driftwood, cardboard, old doors … you name it. And the wall paper …. old magazines, newspapers, etc.

It’s a harsh life. No electricity or sanitation in the shacks but outside there are the municipal light poles, some communal water taps and here and there a toilet (with and without a pot). When it’s dark people light there candles and oil lamps. Cooking is outside on a camp fire or inside on a paraffin stove.

This morning I was there photographing a few kids on their way to school for an assignment of the NGO Food4Thought that is involved (for 10 yrs now) in the pre-primary school Funimfundo which is also located in this settlement. I took the opportunity (with consent) of picturing the children in their beds and their getting up and breakfasting at candle light; toothbrushing outside at a tap by one of the parents plus some general shots.

In a later stage I’ll come back with some daylight shots.

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