Funny this Weekly Photo Challenge: Earlier today I did a few photoshoots in Hermanus and in between I pictured a guy with a wheelbarrow and while I shot this image I already knew I’d give it a minimalist look and in Black & White.
In my eyes the wheelbarrow is the essence of the South African economy. Without the wheelbarrow there would be no economy. The wheelbarrow (kruiwagen) came with the Dutch. Indigenous languages don’t have a word for wheelbarrow so they all use the Dutch or the English word. Earth and rocks for roads, waterworks were moved with the wheelbarrow; diamonds, gold and other precious treasures from the earth were moved with the wheelbarrow. Nowadays mining companies and farmers use excavators and lorries but in small scale operations the wheelbarrow is indispensable. And so are the guys behind the wheelbarrow. They are the ‘hidden workforce’ that keep the South African economy going.
What would South Africa be without the wheelbarrow?
For me, born behind one of the Dutch dikes, a river in South Africa is more like a little stream in comparison with The Rhine, Volga or Mississippi; just to mention a few. Along our village flows the Klein Rivier (= Little River, or, maybe better in the context: Short River). It’s a fairly long river but its source is quite close to where it flows into the lagoon; it just took a long stretched bended course to find its way.
Recently I published the original picture (at bottom) but decided today to merge it with the inside of a rusty wheelbarrow. And this is the result; not perfect but worth the try: