Msikoli Nelani the morning after hunting, Barkly East, Eastern Cape, 27 July 2010
From the phenomenal project Animal Farm by Daniel Naudé, who began this series during a road trip from Cape Town to Mozambique in 2008. I’ve posted from this series before (see here and here ). I find Naudé’s work mesmerizing and there’s something about these that just pull me in—what they say, the color palette, and what they represent. I believe that in his documentation of the landscape, the people and its animals Naudé pushes forth the incredible symbolism these animals embody.
A great point is made by Michael Stevenson about how when we stand before images of the animals photographed in this series we find ourselves on the same eye level as the animals, “extending their knowing gaze to us and reminding us of our uneasy dominion over them”. I definitely get some of that, and perhaps it comes from how still and slightly melancholic they seem. You get the feeling that you’re moving in on a bit of a privacy bubble while they look at you, and even through you.
Try to have a look at these incredible images here
Incredible stuff from Daniel Naudé’s show Animal Farm
Regina Nelani. Barkly East, Eastern Cape, 27 July 2010
-““This series led Naudé to an exploration of stories in South African history that involved domesticated animals, and at one point he retraced the route of artist-explorer Samuel Daniell, who in 1800 set out on a journey from Cape Town to Leetakoe (today Ditakong in the Northwest Province) to document the landscape, people and animals. Conversations with people during his many road trips brought up further stories and information about how animals can represent and be symbolic of a culture.”