Eduan Groenewald’s Cape Town photography ranges from eerie scenes of Macassar Beach Pavilion, an abandoned water park, to modern Rastafari bush doctors and shots of city life’s simple details: a statue in a garden, a fire exit, somebody’s washing hung out to dry on the line.
Groenewald was born in Cape Town, where he continues to work and live. Given its stunning coastline and growing economy, it’s no surprise that the city has become a popular tourist destination in recent years. At the same time, with apartheid only a few decades in the past, South Africa is still establishing its identity as a young democracy. Groenewald says that his photography aims to capture the paradox of the “immense beauty and extreme hardship and corruption that exist side by side” in his homeland.
He prefers to work with 35mm film, favoring portably-sized Olympus cameras like the XA and the mju ii. The result is a style of photography that’s observational and quick, though still full of atmosphere.