Living Apart Together

A few days ago I published my first online book review for the blog of bookshop Hemingways of Hermanus (a literary ‘attraction’ in Hermanus, South Africa). You will see it below the photo gallery. The same review on the FB-page Read any good books lately experienced an overwhelming number of responses. Although this blog is first and …

Portrait of a Life in Ruins

“It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are”. – Paul Caponigro Pictured are 2 friends living in an ‘informal settlement’ in South Africa. Title of this portrait: “Life in Ruins”

Early Morning Ritual

The shacks in informal settlement Die Kop near our village are not connected to electricity, water and sanitation. Early in the morning, before going to work or school, there is this ritual of brushing teeth at the communal water tap.

Monday is Laundry Day ….

… and yes, in my youth in Holland Monday was the day that my mother did the laundry. I don’t know if this is a global phenomenon but in informal settlement Die Kop near our village people do also live to this tradition.

Home Sweet Home

These pictures show how millions of South Africans are housed. To avoid misunderstandings: it’s NOT the homestead of South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma. This guy has always been very privileged … 😉 …; most probably never stayed in a shack (well I did and it was quite an experience. Everything there except electricity and a …

Beyond the junk …

… you’ll always see something interesting …..

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 …

Mandela Day in the village

Today we celebrated Mandela Day at the pre-primary school Funimfundo in informal settlement Die Kop near our village. For 67 (+) minutes around 20 volunteers from all walks of life worked in the garden or were engaged with improving the plumbing. And the children? They had their afternoon nap (more or less, see pics) and …

Photography competition

I’m not much in favor of all kinds of photography competitions for which you have to pay an entrance fee to participate. But now I made an exception. Although there is a jury that makes the final decision people can also vote for me online. The more votes the bigger the chance to win the …

The Swing

Shot some time ago at the pre-primary school in the informal settlement Die Kop near our village. I’ve cropped he original image and did some HDR-toning; just in an attempt to add some sphere that (as I experienced recently) especially appeals to children.