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Alexandra Township, South Africa–The People Inside

From a distance, Alex looks interesting. The closer you get, the harder it is to see. It can be beautiful, in a flowering African Thorn Bush kind of way. The flowers are pretty–sort of. The thorns can do some real damage. Among the thorns in Alex, there is an energy, growing, changing. In spite of the harshness of conditions, there was a softness in the faces of people. Not all were willing to let me take their picture. Some approached with angry words. Others turned away or hid. But, for those who stood their ground or gave permission, I could see a light, hard light perhaps, in their eyes. The noon-day sun did not make for the best photographs. However, in the hard light of the noon-day sun, when I put on my sunglasses, I could see hope.

3 thoughts on “Alexandra Township, South Africa–The People Inside”

    1. When I went to Africa, people asked me if I’d been before. They said, “Africa changes you.” I have to agree. The people, the place, the experience is transformative. Thanks for your comment. As you know, I enjoy your work, too.

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