Christopher Murphy - Photographer
Location: Riebeek Valley & Hopefield
Chris Murphy is based between the Sandveld and the Swartland in the Western Cape. The landscape by which he is surrounded is his natural subject.
Chris explains; "The name 'swart' is a misnomer - the land is anything but: ochres and yellows in Autumn, vivid greens in winter, the rainbow in spring, and burnt textures in the hot summer ... the 'sand' however is an accurate description, but it too has dynamic colouration and textural characteristics"
Photography has been his passion since his teens, and for all his adult life. "It is a never ending visual journey of colour, texture, light of shadow, and of course, subject."
His project; "From Bokaap to Bokaroo" is inspired by his abiding love of heritage structures and the environment in which they exist, specifically what could be termed the basic vernacular. This is people building from the ground up, most often without knowledge of architectural practices, utilising materials readily available near the sites. The buildings speak a language devoid of pretensions, that would illustrate and boast to one's neighbours of success measured by the scale and flamboyance of the building. Instead, these speak of achievement through trials and tribulations, of establishing a home. "Some of my photographs show grander ambitions, train stations or industrial buildings that no longer fulfil their original intention, but they too were never of majestic scales: functional and aesthetically simple."