People of the Klein Karoo:
This documentary series has been ongoing for almost three years. Where I gradually got to know and grew to love and respect these folk known as the Cape Coloureds. The term Cape Coloureds refers to the modern descendants of slaves that were imported into South Africa by Dutch settlers as well as to other groups of mixed ancestry. They are the predominant "population group" in the Western Cape Province, roughly 4 million. Their Mother Tongue is mostly Afrikaans. Slaves of "Malay" ancestry were brought from Indonesia,Madagascar, and Mozambique, and from these origins they gradually developed into a grouping that was subsequently classified as a single major ethnic grouping under the Apartheid regime. In many cases the slaves were imported to be concubines and wives to single male Dutch settlers. Much racial mixture has therefore occurred over the generations, both with Europeans and with indigenous Khoi and San. This area of The Klein Karoo (Little Karoo) is about 5 hours inland from Cape Town,between the Swartberg and Outeniqua Mountains. The closest large town is Oudtshoorn, which used to be the centre of the Ostrich Feather Industry many years ago. Almost every single day I will walk over and spend time in the little village gradually gaining their trust, always using natural lighting and minimum equipment. I totally rely on my eye in my work and only try to capture emotion, I am a self taught photographer and I always try to create my own style, with unusual crops and my own techniques, mostly disregarding "the rules of photography"! These are a selection of my personal favourites. Featured here are Annie, Beetjie, Marie, Magdalene, Wayne, Marta, Johannes, Lundi, Vroutjie, Mark, Keenan and Selwyn. My Life:
I was born in Zimbabwe in 1963. My family and I emigrated to South Africa in 1977. After I finished school, I went on to the Durban Technikon and studied photography for a year under the famous Obie Obeholzer, a man who I greatly admire. After my studies, I moved to Cape Town and worked on the Craft Markets there.
After a battle with mental illness (bipolar) and alcohol abuse, I ended up in rehab. After going into recovery, I moved to Sedgefield where I began to use photography as a hobby to strengthen my recovery. Having moved to the Klein Karoo, I spent three years photographing my series ‘People of the Klein Karoo’.
Note: 10% of royalties will be donated to charities working with the people of the Klein Karoo, including The Anna Foundation (http://www.backabuddy.co.za/charity/profile/annafoundation)
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 100 pages. 8.50x8.50x0.23 inches. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # zk1484087798