The first day of this month I had a stroll through both sides of the village with good friend and colleague Annalize Mouton. ‘Both sides’ I mention because 20 years after ‘Apartheid’ there are still barriers between the different cultures. Anyway Annalize published an extensive report on her blog ‘Portrait of a village‘.
The stroll was a challenge for both of us and not some kind of silly competition (as some people thought); the idea behind it was to photograph the same subjects with each individual view of things. Annalize is a traditional photographer (‘educated’ by her “Old School” husband Maré) while I like to see the more quirky side of life (hence the ‘twist’ -not always noted- in some of my more ‘traditional looking’ images). Usually I picture subjects with which I have some affinity. The challenge of this occasion was to picture also less interesting things. An…
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What a great day that was!!!
We did it, and yes, I made it! After going to bed at 2:30am the previous night, I was up at 5:50am – even before the alarm went off! It was still almost dark when I left and drove through the quiet, sleeping village to pick Herman van Bon up for our photography-stroll through the village. We were both armed with our digital cameras, herman with his Sony A77VQ with a Sony DT 2.8/16-55 mm lens, mine is a Canon EOS 400 D with Canon 18-55 mm lens. No tripods. (You can read more about how this two-some came about, here: Two photographers on the prowl)
From seven until ten we were out “shooting early birds”! We had so much fun and laughed so much. We first went to Stanford South and what struck us both were how lively and full of people the streets were with men and women going to work, children off to school and dogs doing what dogs…
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Please join me in celebrating my birthday and first year in Stanford at 3 pm on Sunday, 31 August. We shall meet on the field by the river at the corner of Sannie Badenhorst and Sillery Streets, where we shall enjoy an early spring walk. Humphrey, Beauty and Boefje will be there to receive you with plenty of sniffs, chases and frizbees. I shall provide doggie treats and free ‘doggie-do’ bags. Of course your owners are also invited. They will no doubt want to bring a small picnic like tea/wine and biscuits (it is my birthday after all!) and perhaps something to sit upon. There will be a prize of a free trip overseas plus all expenses paid to the first dog who guesses my age correctly (not easy!). Hope to see you all there! – Emma Kriel
Knowing Emma, who by the way, has published two books to date, and also the many dogs there…
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