Vuyo Mthetho
Vuyo Mthetho
Vuyo is a cautious and curious young student. Hesitant as to whether her photos would accurately reflect the vibrancy she felt, Vuyo gave us more than we could have seen for ourselves.

Her photos reveal iconic images of Bellville and are often reflections that seem to have required her to be standing far above us.

Rod Botsis
Rod Botsis
Rod didn’t like Bellville when he first got here; but it grew on him, and now he’s been here for 36 years. Rod effortlessly used his camera to alert us to the subtle and consistent beauty of this area. The everyday activities that are seemingly mundane, but are the rituals of our spaces that make it so comfortable here; the warmth of those selling flowers at graveyards, the smiles of those advertising headlines at robots.
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Marius Vermaak
Marius Vermaak
‘They asked me to photograph what I found beautiful in Bellville, so I photographed the people.’

Marius has grown up in and around Bellville and now his heart is to give back to where he came from. He works in a local high school as a youth worker. Marius is committed to seeing change in his community, through people making changes within themselves. He dreams of children walking freely to an ever-green park.

Keletso Motau
Keletso Motau
You would never have noticed Keletso taking his photos. Sporadic and unexpected, he captures moments that are ever present but never noticed.

Keletso works in various industries in the area, from food to ministry. He found his way to Bellvile from the land of Pretoria and he has found his way into the hearts of many of our locals.

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Lucinda De Almeida
Lucinda De Almeida
Lucinda is a local high school student. She was committed to capturing reflections across the class spectrum of Bellville. Not necessarily always people, but spatial evidence too. The diversity of spaces, the diversity across spaces.

She took her camera on a wide-spread adventure.

Danie Nel
Danie Nel
‘The thing about Bellville is, Bellville has space.’

A refreshing reminder, from Danie. Danie is a professional commercial photographer and although he photographs daily, it was a renewing experience to have to use his film so sparingly. Danie captured life’s everyday happenings that make his life what it is, all lined with the thread that is community.

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Nellie Nel
Nellie Nel
What Nellie is passionate about, became obvious through her camera: Bellville’s people. Owning a local medical business, she gets to interact daily with those who are desperately seeking help. Those who are humble. And this is what she remarks on when asked what it is that she loves about the area – ‘the humility of the people, the fact that you don’t have to try.’
Gail Martin
Gail Martin
Gail gave us eyes to parts of Bellville a lot of people might not have otherwise seen. She has a heart for the street people, and a story like no other. Her work is to serve daily at MES, the organization that changed her own life. Gail has a natural appreciation for the people she works alongside and the spaces she works within. All parts which make Bellville, Bellville.
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Emmerencia Matthews
Emmerencia Matthews
Looking at Emmerencia’s photos is like looking into Emmerencia’s personal diary.

Filled with vulnerability, but filled with boldness. Emmerencia captures who she loves dearly – her children; and captures them in their natural activities.

Pieter Smit
Pieter Smit
The humble Pieter, who slaves daily to create an environment where our community can gather within from early in the morning. Owner of Boston Coffee, Pieter snapped away proudly. The timing of his photographing was apt: just in time to capture the expansion of the shop, just in time to capture the expansion of Pieter’s influence in his local community.
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Michael Rodwell
Michael Rodwell
Mike could tell you never-ending stories about Bellville – and he will. He will tell you of details you never knew, details you will never forget. Mike finished his camera within less than 24 hours; and then finished another 2 rolls in the same amount of time. How? He was desperate to convey the appreciation he felt for the area. He was without concern when joyfully snapping away. He was Mike.
Radia Modack
Radia Modack
Radia prides herself on her business – and she should. The first Halaal offering in the area; everything her own recipe; all her own spices. Radia’s Take-Aways has been in Bellville for 16 years and was frequently referenced by other participants as a landmark and personal favourite spot in the area. These are the places that make Bellville, home.
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