Photographic – PORTFOLIO
by Collen Mfazwe
In May 2013, I started working on this special project which is about old persons who are residents at the Daveyton Old Age Home, Johannesburg.
They are men and women whose identities/ gender expression is only known by thyselves. They are grandmothers and grandfathers or probably great-great grandparents to some of us. I love them and curious about their history but mostly family backgrounds.
I’m still doing my research and photographing at the same time. I will make sure that each person’s life story is included so that I humanize them as our living ancenstors.
I decided to work on this particular project because I’ve never seen or do not know any old black lesbian over the age of 60 before and was wondering what will become of me/ us when we reach an age that some of the individuals in this series are in.
To me they are as important as our ever celebrated fellowmen like the likes of Mr Nelson Mandela and others.
They have probably contributed a great deal to our Freedom but did not gain popularity.
This is my journey…
I’m thankful to the home management for giving me the opportunity to work on this project.
To be continued.
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