In the pages highlighted alongside every effort has been made to carefully chronicle various places and events photographically, and to imbue these places and events with a "Spirit of Place" that adequately describes their circumstances.
Set in the Tokai Forest at the foot of the Constantiaberg Mountains in Cape Town, South Africa, lie the ruins of the William Porter Reformatory. These monochrome photographs taken in the ruins of this reformatory (constructed in 1890), along with an historical summary of how the Reformatory operated, constitute a testament to horrors and injustices that we can’t even begin to imagine. The evidence of the terror this institution represented is still extant there in a wide variety of forms, not least of which are the various openings (portals), which allow us to look at both extremes of life there from an inmate's point of view. Youngsters were crowded into this very harsh prison-like environment under the constant surveillance of warders, many of whom were unemployed or ex-convicts. Warders either played by the rules of domination and subordination of inmates or lost their jobs, and arbitrary brutality and violence was a regular feature of reformatory life.
The Port Alfred Water Tower, constructed during the period 2019 - 2022 under the auspices of the Ndlambe Municipality ......... I have as yet been unsuccessful in obtaining a 'potted' history of "Who / What & When" from the powers that be at the Municipality.
The "Settler" Village of Bathurst in the Eastern Cape has a long and well established history borne out by a number of buildings constructed in the 1820's and maintained over the years by a dedicated group of people determined to ensure that its heritage continues for many years into the future.
In early 2022 the 1920 Centenary Memorial Hall in Bathurst was vandalized by arsonists and virtually destroyed. While the perpetrators of this devastation are believed to be known, they have not been brought to book in any shape or form. I have tried to capture the extent of this ruinous act, and have presented it in black and white to add that needed edge required to properly appreciate the extent of the damage.
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Masiphumelele by its residents, which is a Xhosa word meaning "let us succeed".
A series of photographs of the 2022 Heritage Day Lantern Parade in the centre of Bathurst