“As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. 

And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air – however slight – lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.”
William O Douglas

Photography functions like poetry, navigating beauty, tension, dissonance and tragedy effortlessly. The Nightfall series implies a state of unknowing. Nightfall is a time for alertness, vulnerability, uncertainty, emotive tension. The dark, a symbol of intimacy, may be a time of calm or a place of fear; where the violence of hunting predators in the wild goes unrecorded, and the delicate impala run in scattering patterns to survive.  A woman born in South Africa has a greater chance of facing rape or abuse than learning to read.

The Fragile Wilderness series defends the intrinsic value of wild animals in wilderness environments. These natural ecosystems and the species that find a home in them, gift the world with biodiversity, precious water sources, vital gene pools, enriched learning and the revitalisation of the human spirit. 

"In the glance of the speechless animal there is a discourse that only the soul of the wise can truly understand." Anon

Wild habitats. We will lose something deep within ourselves if we allow wilderness to disappear. Wilderness is the core of the natural world and as Roszak (1992:14) points out it is a place where consciously or unconsciously “human nature is
densely embedded”.

It is only through a sense of feeling for these extraordinary wild animals that wilderness has the potential to be protected into the future.

As a photographer I have sought to convey the subtle qualities and instinctive character of the animal in the wild, rather than the spectacle of the kill.  My work reflects quiet images, a sense of the feminine.

Exhibitions

2007 Group exhibition The Red Location Museum

2019 Group exhibition Nelson Mandela University

2019 Group exhibition Bird Street Gallery

Private collections - South Africa, London, Belgium, Australia, Amsterdam, Colorado, USA, Virginia, USA.  

I am profoundly interested in my photographic work as a tool for social change. Until recently, I worked as a Visual Arts lecturer at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. This body of work has been photographed in the game reserves of Southern Africa.  Alongside, I have done award-winning design work for environmental and social non-governmental organisations as part of my contribution to the world.

Email me at margot@mweb.co.za

© 2017 by MARGOT MUIR.