Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

I got so overwhelmingly inspired from this weeks Photo Challenge that I have to share four photos with you. Hold on to your hats folks!

 

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What a fascinating form of art clownery is! These clowns performing to Swazi schoolchildren belong to two organisations: Clowns Without Borders South Africa and Clowner utan Gränser (a Swedish NGO). I will get back to them later on in my blog and tell you more about what they do.

 

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Painting is a traditional art form but you may offen found amazing paintings made on an unconventional surface. I photographed this beautifully painted container in the garden of Sandra Lee Center (an orphanage in Mbabane, Swaziland).

 

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These boys and men are performing their art – traditional dances – in Mantenga Cultural Village in Swaziland.

 

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Last but not least: art of nature. What a colour and figure! Just amazing.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

South Africa

The monument I want to show to you is Robben Island. It’s a symbol of fight for freedom and equality.

During the apartheid (and even before) many political prisoners were sent to Robben Island to serve their sentences. One of the prisoners was Nelson Mandela who spent 18 years there. You can only imagine what it’s like to spent a decade or two in a place like that just because you want that all the same rights (to study, to vote, to live where you want) belong to every one.

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In their song Asimbonanga (Mandela) Johnny Clegg and Savuka call for some of those anti-apartheid activist who were in Robben Island in 1987 when the song was released. You should check that out.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection

Zimbabwe
This herd of elephants had come to a waterhole at the time of the sunset. They had babies with them and some of the babies were so tiny – tiniest elephants I’ve ever seen. Close by there was also a lion but that lion wasn’t a thred to these elephants because she had already got her supper.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
In this situation you really want to stay inside! Baboons are cheeky. They’ll steel everything they can. Especially food. Thay might be agressive too. Once in Zambia a baboon tried to steel my camera which was hanging around my neck. We had a battle about which one of us is bigger and scarier. I won (because I can be really scary) and the baboon run away. Baboons are fun to watch but not so fun to confront.

Sorry about the poor quality of the photo. It was a quick snapshot through a buswindow.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

Swaziland
I have already shared a one photo of this building in my blog. Check a post Window to the world. There’s also the story of this house. It use to belong to a manager or some other big shot in a mining company. When the mining company left the house was abandoned. Everything usefull (like piping in the walls) was robbed and only one room still has a roof. Now the house is used by a local community for their meetings.