Powertown, South Africa, #4
Powertown is a small and very poor shack settlement in South Africa, along a pretty seaside lagoon under blue skies. It gets its name from an old abandoned power station, around which people live. Although abandoned, the old power station is a central point; a community focus.
I spent some time in this very poor rural community documenting the lives of some of the families that live there. It was a rewarding experience. Poor as it is, with all the problems of poverty such as unemployment, alcohol and drug abuse, it is a place with some smiles and cheerful moments, some hope; kids at play, a swathe of flowers outside a wooden shack, some elements of family life trying to survive the hardship.
I eventually came back to Powertown and put up a large community exhibition in the old power station so that I could share the images with the people that had generously allowed me to take them. These are some of them.