This photo is a reflection of how, over time, displacement can lead to beauty. Muslim slaves imported to South Africa in the eighteenth century from Malaysia, Indonesia and Africa (supplemented by political exiles from Java and Ceylon in the early 1800s) constructed narrow townhouses in the “Bo Kaap” area of Cape Town following emancipation in 1834, which were painted in incredibly bright hues as a mark of the pride of the new homeowners (whilst on lease, the houses were all previously painted white). This photo was shot in November 2019 – the brightly coloured khimar of the passing resident is the perfect foil to the solitary black house in the street.
2020 Global Law Photography Competition: Rainbow Nation , photo from Ed Saunders, Associate at Mayer Brown International LLP in London.
by Laura Vosper | Apr 6, 2020