Once a path has been taken we cannot unlearn that which we have learned along the way. And we cannot un-see what has been seen.
As a photographer, albeit one on sabbatical, this is particularly relevant to the way I view my world. At times I wish for a camera in my eye to capture those elusive moments that flash by unexpectedly.
At other times I see the potential – in people mostly -and work hard to capture the beauty I see. A case in point is my nearest neighbour, Kerileng. Otherwise known as Linky, she is the daughter of the husband and wife team here on the farm. At 23 years old she is a mother of a 3 year old son, Peter. With a bare minimum of education, and a sickly constitution, she has very little prospects for any form of permanent employment because of both the isolation and the high unemployment rates here in South Africa.
When I asked if she would model for me her eyes lit up. We spent the morning at the makeup artist in Vaalwater and came back to the cottage to take some photos. Although a little nervous initially, Linky relaxed into the session and we got some great images, 20 of which I got printed for her.
I always find showing the results an interesting exercise. I loved Linkys smile, she however, was not so keen on the images where she was smiling.
One very happy young lady at the end of the day. And I loved that I could make her feel like that.