Modern South Africa is complex, being forged from the disruptive histories of colonialism and apartheid. The selection of photographs represented here record encountered moments with place and those who inhabit them. Documented in between research for the book project: South African photography. The subjects reflect intuitive trains of thought, resulting in factual record and personal memo from the Veld and Cape. They inherently possess trace and explicit societal signs, with rhetorical, theoretical and anthropological characteristics.
The initial photographs in 2016 were made during local elections, while in 2017 President Zuma was in the spotlight. Whereas, in 2018 and 2019 ongoing township and student unrest were events in the news.
The landscape has been a focus in David Goldblatt’s colour photography project Intersections, between 1999 and 2005. In an interview with Mark Haworth-Booth on the project Goldblatt provided insight into how he is looking at the land, he explained: ‘Primary is the land, its division, possession, use, misuse. How we have shaped it and how it has shaped us’. 1
As a matter of course these were aspirations for this body of work although inevitably different in vision and conception.
1. Interview with David Golblatt by Mark Haworth-Booth, London/Johannesburg, April 2005, David Goldblatt, Intersections, Prestel Verlag, 2005, P.99