I am finding that South Africa is a whirlwind. Oftentimes you will be waiting for someone to arrive for nearly thirty minutes. Then, once they have arrived, it will be rush rush to complete what you had planned to do. For me, my days tend to reflect this on an even larger scale. One day I will be waiting for plans to get in order and they never will. Instead of leaving the house I will spend the whole day doing work online (still being productive!). If I’m lucky I will still go out that night for dinner or a drink or two. Just wait until the next day comes around though… I will do more things than I thought possible and end up taking 10 pages in my journal just to record all of the memories.
Last Friday was a day like this. In the morning I traveled to Khayelitsha to work with a Children’s Home that is building a website. We had laid down the basic foundations for the site and Friday was spent taking photos for the site. We did portraits of each of the kids there (19) and then some group shots, candid shots and photos of the staff and facilities. After the photos were done, I was able to rush back to my home just in time to visit this vineyard for some wine tasting. It was so beautiful to get out of the city and into the vast open air. The mountains were still visible, as they are nearly everywhere around Cape Town. There were rows of grapes and two horses in a great green pasture.
After a few sips of wine I decided to hijack Emilie to act as my model. Emilie has been one of my wonderful housemates for the past two weeks. She has already been in Cape Town for two months volunteering with an organization that does after-school tutoring in the townships. Emilie is from France and says everything in the most darling French accent. My favorites are “smoothie” and “hummus”. If you ever make friends with a French person, please ask them to pronounce these words. Luckily for us, Emilie is passionate about smoothies so we get to hear that word often. Emilie isn’t just passionate about smoothies though, she’s passionate about many of the simple things of life. It has been a pleasure being reminded by her about being thankful for the sun and the wind, the open spaces of the vineyard, good wine, friendly people and quality art.
I’m so pleased about the way these photos turned out and I hope that I can continue to find time to photograph the beautiful people that I have been meeting along my way.