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Bracken Hill: Heleen Asea 2

By andreduplessis
Bracken Hill Jan 09: Heleen Asea 2

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This is the last upload of Heleen on my series of the People of Bracken Hill. To the new visitors to my portfolio: This little settlement is next to the motorway approximately 10km outside Knysna when travelling towards Plettenberg Bay in South Africa. When visiting home last year in August, I pulled up to introduce myself, and subsequently have been photographing the kind and proud folk from this community whenever I pass by.
Heleen was initially quite shy, and this image follows only after she started to relax a bit. At the time of photographing (things get rushed) I did not actualy notice the facial scarring, so never questioned her about this. However, on reflection I now have a feeling that this might be the reason for Heleen's initial reservations. When I visited shortly afterwards to do the Willy Watson shots, she walked with me, and guided me around, so I am of firm belief that this experience with the camera was positive for her.

Thanks for visiting

Tags: Photo journalism Black and white Portraits and people

Voters: Iain_Proudfoot, JonnyMono, tralfamadorean and 17 more



Iain_Proudfoot 16 40 2 Ireland
6 Feb 2009 10:10PM
A great photograph. Excellent.

Warm regards, Iain.
6 Feb 2009 10:23PM
Fine work. Another photo that reminds me of the works by various photographer during the great depression.
6 Feb 2009 10:50PM
Thank you both Iain and Tom. I bought a book caled 'Dorps' (towns) by Roger Ballen when I was young. The fringes of the SA society in B&W. Stark and 1930's-like stuff, but for me beautiful. I guess that that book has left an impression. Andre
Koert 15 36 Netherlands
6 Feb 2009 11:34PM

Buffalo_Tom Plus
16 2.3k 29 Wales
7 Feb 2009 8:05AM
Lovely portrait Andre.I would imagine that these people from Bracken Hill are very poor and yet through your images all I have felt is warmth and love shining through and is a testament to your skill as a photographer that I feel this.Your work is an inspiration.
ToothPilot 16 50 4 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2009 8:11AM
Quality image Andre. I feel a smile was about to break free from those tight lips.
As Tom said, your photography is inspirational.
7 Feb 2009 8:56AM
Thanks Hendrik. On some frames she smiled, but I preferred this one, where she looks more directly at the lens.
Alciabides 14 536 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2009 12:51AM
WE can see the trust but also the hesitant wariness.

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