During our Orientation in mid-February, we traveled down the street to the southern part of Pretoria North (our local city) and visited Huis Judea, a (primarily) Afrikaans ministry that is located in Vollmer, an impoverished, largely marginalized and forgotten neighborhood in the city (especially since the fall of apartheid in 1994). What is fascinating and equally heartbreaking about this neighborhood is that it is almost entirely composed of lower class Afrikaans citizens, a group that is rarely viewed as impoverished. Huis Judea is attempting to stem the tide of poverty and create a welcoming home in this neighborhood that promotes holistic care for its citizens.
I stumbled across some of the most beautiful children I have ever seen. In taking this second photo, a red ball came rolling into the picture at the exact right moment. I was stunned at the beauty of these innocent faces!
Don’t have too much to add in the way of brilliance, particularly at this late hour, nor do I wish to lessen these images with fluffy words. But I have been truly enjoying photography ever since I left the United States, and feel like I am growing in my ability to ‘spot’ a picture each day! I am employing simple rules from way back in High School when Mr. Ron Garcia taught us Black and White Photography with my mom’s old Nikon camera. I remember he’d let me stay late in the Dark Room developing shots because I was always late to 7th period, as Thao La and I were editing the Yearbook, and essentially never finish quickly enough. The freedom to experiment, stay late, and learn from a patient, warm Christian man was priceless.
A new ‘world’ to me in photography is learning to see things from new angles. I am particularly interested in shots low to the ground right now, mainly because the ground is so textured, uneven, and full of color and contrast. Low shots often seem to lend themselves to interesting contrasts, the ability to highlight a portion of the shot while allowing the rest of it to remain in soft-focus light, and providing for richly-colored images. I hope you enjoy these…I sure am!