Near the end of 2011 I was out with my wife taking a morning drive and being on the look-out for some photos. Winter was just nearing its end. It was early, cold and damp and we were struggling with the brown and dull landscapes, together with the fields that always burn down in our dry Gauteng winters. We had stopped on the dirt road and found a dam with some cows and had hoped to find a shot or two. With little success, we started heading towards the car when this old man walked past us on the road.
I pushed all my hesitancy aside, walked up to him and asked if I could take a photo. I could see he was uncertain as well, or could not understand me. There is also a good chance he could understand, but could not respond in English. But I showed him my camera and he gave me a nod.
I thanked him and he walked off with his bicycle.
It took me another 2 years before I really started doing something similar with all the other images you see in this series. It also only happened after I moved to the Fujifilm cameras. This was still taken with my good, trusty Nikon D200 and the nice and cheap 50mm f/1.8.
To be honest, it wasn't just the switch to Fuji's X-Series, even though the size certainly helps as it is less intimidating to strangers. It's not the gear, one can do this with any good camera brand out there. It really came more from a personal growth in my photography and skill and confidence in my own work.
I was busy cleaning and merging my Lightroom catalogues, when I stumbled upon these images again. I did a quick re-edit with my "2014" skills and thought I would post it. Sadly I could only find the jpeg versions of these images so far.
Having taken this picture back in August 2011, I would never have thought I would be were I am today in my pursuit of photography. I have really enjoyed the journey so far and I am looking every day for people that may have a small story behind them.
Maybe one day, when the time is right, I'll be able to make a book and publish it.
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