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3/05/2011. The Wedding Portrait. Blikkiesdorp. Delft. Cape Town, South Africa. A photo in a White Afrikaner structure in Blikkiesdorp,  or as some called it, the

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3/05/2011. The Wedding Portrait. Blikkiesdorp. Delft. Cape Town, South Africa. A photo in a White Afrikaner structure in Blikkiesdorp, or as some called it, the "human" dumping ground. Elna and Adeen Victor sitting in their structure, waiting to hear from government about their housing allocation. I visited the family many times. On the day I took the picture, we had a discussion on the wedding portrait and Faan and Elna's wedding. Adeen Remarked. "That woman there in that picture, she is not my mom. " I found this interesting and asked why she said that. Adeen aswered. "You see, that woman in that picture, she is smiling, my mother does not smile anymore." (What gives life to this photograph: Elna and Adeen are within themselves, feeling their emotions, thinking and just being in the moment. Elna is somber and very sad, she struggles to keep her tears back. Adeen has no expression. She is just being. Feeling. Hoping. The woman on the picture is indeed smiling, she is happy, a different person to the Elna that I photographed. The Victor Family was the first white family to be photographed in Blikkiesdorp, they were also one of the first white families to move into the TRA (temporary relocation area.)

Tags: blikkiesdorp, delft, south africa, cape town culture; people; environmental portrait

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Your journal meets the judging criteria.I'm one of the entrants and my story is about South Africa.I like the depth,technique and for sure the story is about housing.You inspirational and aspiring

  Gcina Mdlovu Jul 23, 2013 3:21 PM

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