Martha in front of her mud house in 2016, Cornelia, Free State. This was the first shot I took of her before I knew her. She beams pride and is not afraid to show her home. I was the stranger and she showed me what she has so long not shown any one. I was humbled.
Taken early morning December 2017. Martha boils water and washes everyday before walking to work. The way she bathes is humble and silent. I know her quite well by now and she is not shy to show me how she does things even something as private as bathing and to be vulnerable, without her headband, which is almost like her crown. I want to show the viewer how this incredible woman lives everyday. How she does the basic things, where she does it, so that one can climb into her world and ask yourself how you would do it? I made sure the rays caught her hair and the water. Creating a type of mood where you can imagine the silence, seeing the halo of light.
Taken just before the first rain in 2017, Cornelia, Free State. Martha a friend of mine then dressed to fit the colours of her home, knowing it was the last memory of the pattern that she created. Her pets are so present, together with her strength in this shot. Here she is not a worker, she is a goddess.
Martha, a very resourceful woman collects wood throughout the year. This is in her back yard, neatly packed. She chops wood everyday to make fire to prepare food. I took this image to show the viewer that this woman has to do everything and most of it is not glamorous at all. Most of the things she does daily is to complete everyday chores for the family. This is just for a glimpse into her daily life. This is what the outside sees everyday. An African woman chopping wood.