Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Lead Me Home

You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it's all right.
"Maya Angelou"

It's Thursday the 24th May and I am leaving to go back home on the 9th of June. I had intended to try and emigrate to Australia as so many South Africans do these days. I always knew deep in my heart that it was not what I really wanted but I needed to give it a "fair go" as they say and I have. I discovered that I can't leave Africa , it is in my soul and in my heart.

I took this photograph just before I left, late afternoon, the sun shining brightly through the small window in Maria's bedroom, the shadows and light, the boys of Red River farm, Mark and Selwyn...My Mum told the kids the other day that I was coming home and they never thought that I wasn't!

Sometimes you need to leave home to discover that you really were at home all along. Life's experiences continue to help me grow and appreciate what is right in front of my eyes. The magical light of Africa which is so part of my photography and my life, even as I will continue to travel, that is where I will return and the truth is, it's all right.......


Anonymous said...

Outstanding photography, stark and evocative. It's easy to since the thoughts and intense feelings behind each shot and the fact that they comes through so clearly in every image spells a talented and perceptive photographer.

I've admired you since the early days. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Since I saw your photos for the first time at altphoto, I was in love with your art. So I am glad to find your blog, which gives a little more background to your work. However, your photos of course are the most important to me. Thanks. Richard