Roger Palmer-SPOOR 1.1, Ongelegen, Western Cape

SPOOR 1.1, Ongelegen, Western Cape

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Robertson, Western Cape

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SPOOR 4.1 Stutterheim, Eastern Cape

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Medium Framed C-type print from digital file
Height (cm) 47
Width (cm) 57
Artist Roger Palmer
Year 2015

Introduction to ‘SPOOR’ 

During several visits to South Africa (2014-2018) I drove along minor roads through the country’s nine provinces. My aim was to follow rural rail routes between towns and settlements as closely as possible.  From the 550 or so places where I stopped to make pictures, eighty-three daylight images are presented in ten series.

Each series is introduced by a double-page of station place-names. Arranged according to their locations on an otherwise absent national map, the names are isolated in darkness. Each configuration constitutes my selection of a picture series, the sites of which may be relatively close to each other or separated by vast distances. 

Some of the place-names are those of regional centres including several that have been re-named in the post-apartheid era. Others refer only to the faded railway signage that preserves their fragile status as places. SPOOR concludes with a ‘map’ showing the distribution of all photographic locations that contributed to the project.  


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