Fishermen in the focal point

2019-11-26 06:00
One of the images that form part of Ellen Elmendorp’s exhibition. PHOTO: Ellen Elmendorp

One of the images that form part of Ellen Elmendorp’s exhibition. PHOTO: Ellen Elmendorp

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An exhibition of photographs by Ellen Elmendorp, titled Trekkers; Fishermen at Sunrise Beach, False Bay is being held at the UCT Irma Stern Museum in Rosebank.

The Dutch photographer came to South Africa in 1988 after living in Europe and Latin America. This year she focused her lens on local fishermen.

Elmendorp started working on this photo story this year but she says it has drawn her attention and interest for years.

“I often swam and walked along Sunrise Beach and would see the trekkers pulling in their nets. I would buy the freshest of fish: cob, harder, yellowtail. In the old days also steenbras but they now have to throw them and other endangered species back.”

She says the months she spent photographing these fishermen only increased her respect for their work, their incredible physical strength and their deep knowledge of the sea, fish and season.

“At the same time I was struck by the aesthetic element of trekking and with these photographs not only wanted to capture what trekkers do but also the beauty of it.”

Elmendorp’s work as documentary and portrait photographer has been published in international and local magazines and newspapers.

  • The Trekkers; Fishermen at Sunrise Beach, False Bay exhibition runs until 7 December.

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