The magazine of the photo-essay
September 2018 issue
Daylight Ghosts photographic expeditions in South Africa's ‘Cradle of Humankind’
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by David Lurie
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The Cradle of Humankind - listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1999 - is the site of the discovery of many of the oldest hominid fossils in the world, some dating back 3 million years. This area in South Africa opens windows onto many pasts, onto the origins and evolution of humanity, but also, perhaps less well known and appreciated, marks and bears witness to many of the key phases of more recent South African history. This has only been perceived by scholars in the last 30 years and has still to filter fully into the wider public consciousness. David Lurie's poignant images in Daylight Ghosts. attempt to excavate below our conventional sight level to recover the veins of myth and memory that lie beneath the surface of this achingly beautiful landscape: to explore the
region, uncover the spirit of the place and ultimately enquire into the nature and possibilities of landscape photography itself.
British blockhouse fortification, built during the Anglo-Boer War. Bartons Folly, Hekpoort.
Dawn, Nirox sculpture park.
Mount Savannah farm, Kromdraai valley.
Early morning, Nirox Sculpture park.
The Cradle from Spioenkop, sniper outpost, used by Boers during numerous wars.
Late afternoon, Kromdraai valley. Burn sculpture by Hannelie Coetzee, Eland & Benko in the distance on Nirox Sculpture.
Former homestead, Kromdraai valley.
Pioneer graves, Kromdraai valley.
Early morning, Kromdraai Valley #2.
Eastern side of the Cradle, near Broederstroom.
Forests, Kromdraai Valley #2.
Forests, Kromdraai Valley.
Kromdraai Road, Kromdraai Valley.
Kromkdraai Valley, afternoon #2.
Kromkdraai Valley, afternoon.
Nooitgedacht farm, at the foot of the Magaliesberg Mountains. Used as a hospital by the British forces during the Anglo-Boer war.
On the way to the top of the Magaliesberg Mountains.
The Magaliesberg Mountains from Bartons Folly, Hekpoort.
Early morning, Kromdraai Valley.
Late afternoon, Kromdraai Valley.