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Shanty Town in Cape Town, South Africa

A typical homestead in a shanty town. Being given the opportunity to see how the people of this town live was such an incredible experience. They are humble, real, satisfied, good natured, and above all else, they are happy with what they have. They do not ask for more, they live for the moment, for each other and have a sense of peace about them that I have not encountered with anyone in the western world before. There is no danger here, despite being warned about going into a place like this, we were only greeted with acceptance.
It would be so easy for them to dislike us for living better lives, invading their spaces, treating them as an attraction. All we were faced with were smiles and a want to talk to and learn from us.
Truly one of the most amazing experiences of my life.

Taken from inside a bus, traveling at around 15km/h, camera lens pressing up against the glass, sun behind me, thankfully.

f2.8, 1/1250, ISO 80

This photo has not been enhanced, changed or edited in any way.

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  • Ulrikeart
    Ulrikeartalmost 6 years ago

    seen quite a few places like this in my travels, is a reality for millions of people, reminds us how blessed we are…………great shot………

  • Thank you Ulrikeart. It definitely does make us thankful for what we have. Important to note that these people are some of the most humble, humane and happy that I have ever come into contact with. Lesson for all of us to learn!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Wayne  Pearson
    Wayne Pearsonalmost 6 years ago

    IGreat shot especially with someone to identify with. Imagine living here in 46 degrees with no aircon, toitet etc, as you say we are lucky.

  • Every time i look at this photo i am reminded of everything i may take for granted. I was really lucky to capture the local in with the shot. Thanks for your comments once again Wayne, always so nice to receive them.

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • BigD
    BigDalmost 6 years ago

    Excellent composition

  • Thanks so much BigD :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • LorenaLo
    LorenaLoabout 5 years ago

    yes yes yes Look what I found on your trunk.. this is so pretty, Andrew I love this work… can speak so loud… who are you?… where are you?… what do you do for others? .. Great job dear Aussie!!! x

  • That’s exactly it my friend! You hit the nail on the head. Thank you so much, I’m glad you found this piece and that it spoke out to you in the way it has Lore :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezabout 5 years ago

    this is fantastic!.. i love her beautiful proud gait.. i love this type of work. .. treasure to people,,. and things others simply dont understand.. these lean tos.. are made with love .i love Lolol’s description.. above me..

  • Thank you very much Isa. That’s so true, some just don’t understand, or don’t want to understand! I know this is your style of art too :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Gary Gurr
    Gary Gurrabout 5 years ago

    Great work Parmi, good piece of photo-journalism

  • Thanks very much Gary!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • handheld-films
    handheld-filmsabout 5 years ago

    stunning photojournalism – captures her inner strength so eloquently. And this one individual represents so many others. A powerful statement, and great work, parmi

  • Thank you so much! I’m so happy to hear the strength of this piece has been communicated in this way to you. What you have said is exactly how the community feels and functions. I really appreciate the comment and fav.

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • TatumWulff
    TatumWulffabout 5 years ago

    I really love this image Andrew, great photojournalism!! ;)) Congrats on the well deserved features!!! ;))

  • Thank you very much Tatum, glad you appreciate this one, it signifies a life changing experience for me. Really appreciate it!! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Mishu7
    Mishu7about 5 years ago

  • Oh awesome, thank you so much for the banner!!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaover 4 years ago

    Wow.. Congratulations on your homepage feature!

  • Thanks heaps Maureen! I’m stunned by this one :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

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