Photographer's Note

Put some colour in your life!!

Bo-kaap is a fascinating part of Cape Town, formally known as the Malay Quarter- one of the oldest neighbourhoods on the slope of Signal Hill whose glorious colourful houses belie the changes in human rights and history. The houses were originally overflow housing for the Malays slaves brought by the Dutch VOC in the 17th century. When slave quarters became overcrowded, the slaves were sent to the houses in this location, and after slavery was outlawed in South Africa the former slaves then lived in these houses.

Why these houses were painted in such vivid colours, no one seems sure. Some say I was told that, it is an expression of freedom from the whites by the slaves when they were given their freedom, while others say it denotes professions or type of dwelling according to the hosts service provided like plumbers, carpenters etc, and during the apartheid years, home owners painted their houses dark black as a sign of protest.

It's a living history that is a reminder of a dark past....

It doesn't seem to matter where you are in Cape Town you can always see Table Mountain which lies in the center of the local spirit. This was my absolute favourite part of my time in town, it never gets old!

Another slide film and polarised, scanned to tif digital format using Konica Minolta Dimage Scan Dual IV

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