I often hear complaints about Pietermaritzburg. It lacks the artistic vitality of Cape Town. It doesn’t have the balmy beaches of Durban. Joburg is where it’s happening for business. Whilst all of these are true, Maritzburg does have something that we often overlook. People. Van Gogh apparently said that there’s nothing more truly artistic than to love people. If that’s true, then Maritzburg has the potential to be an authentically artistic city.
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“In a car you’re always in a compartment, and because you’re used to it you don’t realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You’re a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame. On a cycle the frame is gone. You’re completely in contact with it all. You’re in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming.”
— Robert M. Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values)
1992 was my final year of school. Living in Durban but attending school on the North Coast meant that I traveled over 80km’s everyday to school and back, always passing this derelict old beach house. The stretch of coast that this building finds itself on is as beautiful as its real-estate is contrasting. Pimped-up modern mansions are neighbored by derelict old beach houses serving as nothing more than canvas for aspiring graffiti artists and dwellings for vagrants. This is one of them. It’s a landmark- has been for decades. I’ve always wanted to photograph it. I just had to wait 20 years to get a camera.