Category: Africa

Best of June

Some wonderful images emerged during June as I continued to open boxes of old slides in my collection, in fact some of the strongest images came to light this month so that I had to raise the bar as to which made it into this post! Here are the picks from June in strict order Read More

Buffalo

Game Reserve Style

I don’t normally keep nature and wildlife photos because the subject is timeless. An elephant in 1958 looks much like an elephant in 2017. Thank goodness we are still able to say that.¬†Amateur photographers with their Lo Fi cameras cannot do justice to the subject except by attesting to the amazing experience of being in Read More

Plants vs Zombies

Namibian Fantasy

This image – of a man posing with a Welwitschia plant – is one I’ve had for a long time. It is no doubt taken in Namibia, an extremely arid place, to which the plant is native. The man has always intrigued me with his triumphant pose and his vaguely unsavory looks. I’d wanted to Read More

Johannesburg Festival

Johannesburg Festival

These two pics are labelled ‘JHB Festival’ and date to the late 1950s. They are tantalizing in their hints at a large, public event and location. However, I cannot be sure what festival this is. The Rand Easter Show is one possibility, so too is the annual Wits University RAG procession for the second image. Read More

Cairo Late 1950s

Cairo Late 1950s

Three images of old Cairo taken in 1959. The original slides were drive-by snaps or souvenirs. They are now really blasted by age, and are covered in dirt and mold. This condition seems to suit the subject, however, so I gave them a sepia treatment and enhanced texture. Cairo of the 1950s was a really Read More

Sunday lunch in the veld

Sunday lunch in the veld

Sunday lunch was always done right – no matter where you were in the 1960s. At least it was in privileged white society in Southern Africa. One can feel a little uncomfortable noting this, however the undeniable beauty of the setting offers an alternative, more aesthetic focus for this image! The pastel colors of the Read More

Doggie welcome

Doggie welcome

Everyone who knows dogs loves the welcome one gets when arriving home, how much better than in this awe inspiring, African mountain and farm setting. Love that fresh 1960s outfit, complete with impractical white shoes. I applied a clean, painted effect and reworked the color. Before and after   Read More

Big Man Little Fish

So endearing, this man. Despite being all hunky and handsome, I see the boy child within. He looks perplexed though, at having caught such a tiny fish. And look, the picnic on the bank. Those cooler boxes are Colemans, recognisable by the white diamond-shaped logo. Thanks to his lady friend (imagined) who recorded this moment Read More

Boys at the River

An African childhood, lived outdoors in nature, with friends. This is an inspiring image and an experience I am sure little boys all over the world long for. I love the little huddle, and the way they’re completely involved in their conversation –¬† unaware of the adult taking the photograph.   Read More

Chrome reflections

I do know where this was taken, and when – Congo 1963 – but prefer to make up my own story. In this scene – according to my imagination – a person is hunching down next to their 1950’s coupe and further down the bridge a group of zombies is gathering. Yes! Its a stand-off! Read More

Snappy Dresser African Style

Africa has style! This image is from a wildlife tour in Kenya, 1970s. The bus had stopped in a village for refreshments and this stylishly dressed woman caught the eye of a tourist. I love the classic, African combination of colors and the jaunty yet sophisticated details of her outfit. I cropped and straightened the Read More

Car Identity Challenge

Can you identify these old cars? My father is somewhat of a car expert on the 1940’s through 1960’s and he has a good memory. As a young man he kept scrapbooks of all the latest car models. According to him, the blue car is a Ford Consol about 1950’s, and the black car is Read More

Playing at Highway Robbers

The second image of a childhood game, lovingly captured by the parents. I’m guessing a little but I think they’re playing at Highway Robbers as opposed to say, pirates. Is it always the younger brother that gets tied up? It was a challenge to get the coloring just right as everything was a variation of Read More

Playing at Scottish Soldiers

I have some great images showing the wonders of childhood, in the great outdoors. Not many, however, have been photographed from the child’s point of view, sensitively recording their fantasies and games. That’s why I like this one so much. Colonial times were recent in the early 1960’s and this shows the fantasy of Scottish Read More

Woman and Straw Bale

Its so easy to romanticize a subject like this. I do admire her but I guess her reality may have been a different story than that of the rural idyll suggested here. As always the handmade appeals to me and I like the way the straw bale is hand rolled and tied with plaited grass Read More