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.
Spectacular Namaqualand! These photos were taken in August of last year (2015) by Fred Hoffman of Cape Town. From what I have heard the flowers are equally amazing this year. Something I believe everyone should experience once in a lifetime at least.
Namaqualand is a “hard” place to live in most of the time due to the scarceness of water… My great-grandfather and -mother (on my father’s side), Appie Coetzee and his wife, Geesje Myburgh, both grew up in Namaqualand and Appie eventually also became a trekboer like his father. This is also where my grandfather grew up. I could listen to him telling about those years forever!
Fred is on facebook:
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.