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Limited edition, signed Photographic print on Fine Art paper
W: 300mm x H: 450mm x D: 1mm
W: 12" x H: 18" x D:
Approx. Weight: 0.5kg
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About "Mama Gloria"
This is a portrait of a woman that I have come to love like a second mother over the past couple of years since living in the rural Transkei, homelands to the amaXhosa people in South Africa. She is a symbol to me of all Xhosa mothers (and grandmothers) and the poverty and hardships they endure without ever feeling sorry for themselves.
A widow who looks after her many grand children and feeds them and herself with the very small amount of money she makes from selling beads to tourists of the area (At 56 she is too young to qualify for pension).
Many days she doesn't manage to sell any beads at all and has to walk about 7km back to her house, having problems with arthritis and literally without having eaten all day. In 2013 she suffered the collapse of her hut during heavy floods in the area but she still continued to laugh and be concerned about my well-being.
God bless her and her family!
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The kind of photographic art style I work in, is not of the instant variety that our culture is currently satiating itself with, but rather relevant in an archival, historical space of time, especially keeping in mind the fact of rapid development in our urban and rural spaces. It requires natural light and natural moments to create and in that way is something that is completely unique.
I've been developing my style of photographic art for many years and can finally say that I've come to a place where I know what I want my art to look like. My wish is for my art to be taken as seriously as other mediums of art. I want to see it printed large scale and hanging on walls in houses and hotels or other buildings for years to come.
I am a natural light photographer with a great love for Africa and it's people. Exploring new places and cultures is my desire and I love travelling from the Western Cape to other parts of our diverse country, such as the Eastern Cape, Transkei, where I lived for 2 and a half years (in a caravan!), teaching basic literacy and documenting the amaXhosa people in their rural homelands and I try to still visit for a couple of weeks every year.
People are my passion and I love capturing natural moments in natural light, reflecting a person's true character through more artistic portraits. I've been taking photographs for more than 10 years, starting out with black & white film photography and darkroom developing and I find my eye still inclined to that look.
I love capturing moments as I see it, keeping it real without interfering too much. When I take a photo I often consider what the meaning of it might be for future generations. I love my 50mm. Light and emotion is my inspiration.
Photography is my art and I believe that true art stands through time. Art takes patience to create and it cannot be forced. Sometimes the elements are just not right and it can be challenging. But when the time is right and it is God's will He will bless you with something so beautiful that it can purely be a gift. And that makes everything worth it.
2009 'Ilungile, It is good' A solo exhibition at the Artscape in Cape Town
2013"Makhelwane, My neighbour" - a solo exhibition in association with the Associazione Piemontesi di Citta del Capo.
2016 Group exhibition with the Stellenbosch Arts Society
2017 "Licht der Hoffnung" Migration in the Bündner Bergwelt. Chur, Switzerland
BA Drama, Photography, TEFL
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