Since its first democratic elections in 1994, South Africa has been on an accelerated drive towards change. However, as the years have gone by, the realities and challenges of an evolving nation have emerged. It remains a juggling act to balance the challenges of a relatively new democratic dispensation with the country’s inherited apartheid past.
There remains an uneasy stasis as South African’s social and physical landscapes continue to shift. This state of flux is perpetuated by the mélange of real and perceived opposites; the present and the past, wealth and poverty, black and white, power and helplessness. The essay focuses on isolated, but telling facets of daily life within the country, in an attempt to mirror the complexity and fragmented nature of the process of transformation.
The photographs emphasize both change and the lack of change, while the essay as a whole becomes a commentary on the intertwined relationship between past, present and an uncertain future.
These photographs were taken in small towns, townships and cities throughout South Africa.