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Dark Clouds of Nationalism

The Voortrekker Monument is located in South Africa's capital city, Pretoria. The massive granite structure was built to honour the "Voortrekkers" (Pioneers) who left the Cape Colony in the thousands between 1835 and 1854. The Art Deco "jollo-mold" monument was designed by the architect Gerard Moerdijk who had the ideal to design a "monument that would stand a thousands of years to describe the history and the meaning of the Great Trek to its descendants". It can be seen from almost any location in the city, as it is seated on top of a hill.


This site was a place of "pilgrimage" for Afrikaner Nationalists, during the Apartheid years, and one that the majority of us were uncomfortable visiting. On December 17, 2007 I felt that the time was right, and my wife, son and I visited both the Voortrekker Monument and the adjoining Fort Schanskop. It was wonderful to experience them "de-khakied", demilitarised and depoliticised. Just great historical sites with interesting to all.




I was shooting both digital and film. This shot of sunset over the Voortrekker Monument (from the road leading down from Fort Schanskop) was captured with my awesome Fujifilm GA645-ZI (55-90 AF) medium format camera, shooting Ilford HP5 roll film.


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Taken on December 17, 2007