Herman van Bon Photography

Fine Art Photography, Napier, South Africa.

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 …

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“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”

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.

… 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.

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 …

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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 …

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