I recently wrote a blog post about Port Elizabeth, and to be honest I think I botched it.. I didn’t really tell the story the way I saw it in my head. So this is my 2nd take.. I guess I got too excited and forgot what I was trying to say. That coupled with winter blues I lost the plot.. Oh well. Let me try again.

I have said on numerous occasions how much I would love to spend more time in Port Elizabeth, it seems the place has ignited something inside of me. This all started with a very overcast day, there was a classic grey and dingy feel to the light and I was just itching to get my camera out. Joburg doesn’t get winter rain,so its safe to say I needed to break my seal.

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Nelson Mandela bay Stadium at night

I have been working in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium which is built on the old Prince Alfred Park. The stadium is probably one of the most prominent features of Port Elizabeth since it was built for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. I took a few shots inside the stadium and then walked the ring road around the outside stadium and managed to find a few interesting photographs no more than a street away from the amazingly state of the art structure.  I took the stroll with my 50mm and shot one or two inside a house with a slightly wider lens. The history in this town blows my mind every time I see it. I find myself stuck in the past completely, thinking about how it looked back then, The people who lived here and what their everyday life was like.

This is what I saw..

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Inside Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium at night. Stage was set, all for me and my camera

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Inner structure

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Ocean,City & the Stadium.

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Crows. Kah ka!

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Oh snap!

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More looking out

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I wish I could see a shot of this tree from 10 years ago..

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A street to set the scene. 
 

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Brick.Red. 
 

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Out to dry, seems to be a big family.

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The plastic traps. 
 

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A man dismantles a washing machine, with washing drying above.. sneaky.

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Seemingly abandoned house.

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The out house.

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Do you ever feel like this?

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A bird in the attic,

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Green.

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The light coming through the door, I had to have it.

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Window light and uplifted floors.

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If walls could talk.

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Door to the house.

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I’m not too sure what this is..
Coke factory in the background

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Waiting for wifey.

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Collected clutter. looks like it has been swept up into the corner

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Radioactive hydroponics.

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The clear separation of ownership.

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A burnt down school,

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A burnt down school,

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Graffiti Pleas

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A burnt down school,

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The moated gates,

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Breakfast.

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Tucked away.

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More washing on the line.

And then back to the real world..

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Back to Joburg. Until next time P.E.

If you got this far, why not leave a comment below with your thoughts on these photographs?

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4 responses »

  1. Pat Gall says:

    What magnificient pics of PE – well done Brendon:-)

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  2. Graham Mason says:

    Having grown up in PE brought back lots of memories.Thought the photography was outstanding.
    It does however create the impression that PE is just one big slum.How about the flip side of the coin, a series of pics about the beach front and some of the other upmarket spots.
    I did however enjoy the pictures having known the area pretty well.
    Well done Brendon!

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    • Brendon says:

      Hey Graham,
      This does only cover a small part of PE and I can see how it could portray it slightly negatively but that was never the intention. I would say “slum” is a little bit strong to express the area..
      I have shot a couple of frames around other parts of PE but have not really spent much time anywhere else other than in and around the stadium. The post is about the relationship and the contrast between the modern stadium and the area immediately surrounding it as I said in the text. This was just my view on that small part.

      Perhaps in the future I can do more about the better parts 🙂

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