2013 May 19: There’s beauty in aging

Photographic – PORTFOLIO
Focus: People
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.

helper at the home of the aged_1251

makhulu 5_1247


makhulu6 taking a midday nap_1281
matron & patient @ Daveyton home of the aged_1187

matron & patient 2_1192
mkhulu grandpa1_1238
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.

Previous by Collen

2013 May 20: Nqobile Zungu & Collen Mfazwe’s album


2013 April 17: Collen’s black & white album

Posted on April 18, 2013
This entry was posted in Collaborations, Community, Daveyton, Lack of Resources, Media works, Old Age Home, Organizations, Our lives in the picture, Photo album, Portfolio, Power of the Voice, Profile, ReClaim Your Activism, Records and histories, South Africa, Visual history, Visual history is a Right not a luxury, Visualizing public spaces, We Care, Youth voices. Bookmark the permalink.

11 Responses to 2013 May 19: There’s beauty in aging

  1. Kopano says:

    Beautiful work.

  2. caroline says:

    This is very good guyz,if we all join hands and and help our people all nations.please email me on the email I have gave so that I also put a hand on helping’I have qualifications in care working and councelling.keep up the good work guyz.

  3. Nontobeko Mndebeke says:

    Beautuful work keep it up.

  4. Charmain Carrol says:

    Very interesting project Collen, interested and looking forward to the continuation

  5. nelishia motha says:

    Wow its hard to beliv dt sumday we will also b like dz.we hv dz mentality yokuthu we will 4ever b young.butiful pix colly my f .n not mny ppl chose to do a piece ngabantu abadala m proud of u n ur team

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  9. Alia says:

    I love the appreciation of old people here. We need to respect those older than us, we will end up there too one day…

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