Overberg, Western Cape, South Africa
The harvest has always been part of my life. I was born in the Overberg and grew up on a farm until the age of five. It is a unique time in the region when everyone thinkable is involved in getting the crops off the lands. It is chaotic, draining and exciting to be part off.
It has always been difficult to portray these emotions on film, putting together all the elements that will explain to the viewer just how busy it gets; combines running up and down, tracktors following them with their catchment-trailers – running back and forth between the combines and the trucks that transport the goods from the fields to the silo’s.
It is amazing to be part of this hustle and bustle and I can watch them work for hours.
This photo almost captures these emotions, but there is no substitute for being there in person.
What the viewer cannot see is that there is actually 4 combines running up and down, 4 tractors with trailers running back and forth to 6 trucks, all working together on one field at a time.
This image won Gold in the 2009 Fujifilm Professional Awards (www.fujifilm.co.za)