The whitewashed cottages of the 150-year-old fisherman’s village of Kassiesbaai are the defining image of Arniston/Waenhuiskrans. The village, perched on a dune above the sea, has been declared a national monument in its entirety and is still home to the active fishermen of the area (local guides available). The community runs a craft centre and will arrange traditional meals for groups by appointment. This is a bit of living history not to be missed.
Here are some of my own photo-harvest on this memorable day.
The late Clemens Reynolds of Tesselaarsdal was a blacksmith and when we visited him in 2004/5 everything from the forge, the bellows and all his tools – hammers (sledges), anvils, tongs, chisels, etc. were still in tact. A man of many talents, he also played the banjo and concertina. In the kitchen a fire was burning in the old Emerald Dover stove. The house he lived in was the same house he grew up in. His father Jan Nigrini was a miller, and remnants of the mill and millstones were still there. With our second visit we arrived just as a neighbour was giving him a haircut.
You can read more about Clemens and Tesselaarsdal here: http://overbergvillagelife.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/tesselaars-tangled-tale/
These are the results of Two photographers on the prowl
We did it, and yes, I made it! After going to bed at 2:30am the previous night, I was up at 5:50am – even before the alarm went off! It was still almost dark when I left and drove through the quiet, sleeping village to pick Herman van Bon up for our photography-stroll through the village. We were both armed with our digital cameras, herman with his Sony A77VQ with a Sony DT 2.8/16-55 mm lens, mine is a Canon EOS 400 D with Canon 18-55 mm lens. No tripods. (You can read more about how this two-some came about, here: Two photographers on the prowl)
From seven until ten we were out “shooting early birds”! We had so much fun and laughed so much. We first went to Stanford South and what struck us both were how lively and full of people the streets were with men and women going to work, children off to school and dogs doing what dogs…
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Oh my, what have I gotten myself into this time?! On my way home from the post office today, I stopped for a chat with Herman van Bon, “originally Dutch and since 2000 living in South Africa and happily married to Yvonne de Wit”, who was out walking his dog. Herman and I have a couple of things in common: we’re both definitely not youngsters any more, we don’t colour our hair, we love photography and Stanford, dogs, cats, birds, plants and nature… We talked about my new blog, Portrait of a Village, and Herman who in his own words “like challenges especially the ones people advise me not even to think of it”, challenged me with, “When are we going out together on a photo shoot?” Before I could say evasively, as I did in the past, “Sometime”, Herman said, “No, let’s fix a time.” I was trapped and couldn’t chicken out this time. So the challenge has been set – next week Monday morning at 07h00 we’ll start prowling around the village with our cameras.
Now, the first thing you have to understand is that I am not an early-morning person at all – can’t be when you only go to bed in the wee hours of the mornin’. Secondly, you must see Herman’s resumé! He’s a big cannon in the world of photographers. I snooped around on his website, and this is what I found:
I am a landscape and art-photographer creating digital ‘imaginaries’. These imaginaries each consist of tens of layers with elements/textures of (landscape-, garden-, domestic-) photographs to which I always add 1 or more ‘mainframes’ thus creating a new conceptual image.
I was involved in 2 (group-)exhibitions in 2013 in New York and Paris. Some of my work (I only sell one print of each image!) is on permanent display in public spaces.
Before becoming a full time art-photographer I was a free-lance (photo-)journalist traveling the globe for a wide range of media…
So, Monday morning, when the sun is still shy and hiding its face, we’ll be out and about. How exactly we’ll go about this, will still be decided. Maybe you could come up with some ideas, and next time even more of the Stanford photographers, professional and amateur, would like to join us.
What Herman doesn’t know is that although I do not have his experience, I have been taught photography by one of South Africa’s best, my own husband, Maré! Whatever comes out of this, I can assure you, it is going to be great fun! Watch this space for the photos and the accompanying story.
For the results, click on the following link: Stanford through the eyes of two of its many photographers.