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Photo Gallery and a short Overview of Kapelo’s Quest

 

                 

   Photo 1.1              Photo 1.2              Photo 1.3               Photo 1.4                 Photo 1.5               Photo .1.6               Photo 1.7

In Kapelo’s world, people believe that the ancestral spirits appear in water (Photo 1.1) to a select few, or that the ancestral spirits linger in the mist (Photo 1.2). In Kapelo’s case, an ancestral spirit also adopts the form of a Giant Eagle Owl (Photo 1.3) to direct Kapelo towards his first goal. Kapelo accepts the challenge. Along the way, he concentrates on his savannah-like surroundings (1.4), where shrubs are in abundance and mopane trees feature, with leaves resembling butterflies (1.5). When Kapelo is confronted by a common Puff-adder (1.6), he wonders, do snakes also serve as a reminder that the spirits of dead people invade many forms of life? 

Kapelo’s first target is a rocky mountain (1.7 – higher than the one depicted, but similar in feature). A rock, with the appearance of a head (1.8), and clouds forming behind looking as if the rock-face is exhaling smoke, is symbolic of the illusions, with which Kapelo is often confronted. The only sounds accompanying him whilst climbing the mountain, is his laboured breathing and the occasional crunching noise under his sandals, made from the hide of a buffalo (1.9), which he found after a lion (1.10) kill. 

      Photo 1.10           

    Photo 1.8              Photo 1.9                  Photo 1.10                  Photo 1.11              Photo 1.12            Photo 1.13            Photo 1.14

When Kapelo reaches the top of the mountain, he turns around and looks back at the savannah stretching far below him (1.11). Amongst other wild animals, he notices how in a pool of mud, a rhino wallows (1.12). A young elephant bull (1.13) stands close by, obviously also intent on enjoying a mud-bath once the rhino is done. On a more sinister note but typical on the African plains, Kapelo also observes a trio of lionesses sneaking closer to a giraffe (1.14). Kapelo suddenly feels vulnerable and wonders, is he is safe?

Who tends him when he gets hurt? [Chapter 1] Nothing is making any sense. When a usually silent Black Eagle cries out and flaps past Kapelo so that he can see the white flashes amongst the otherwise completely black feathers (1.17), it serves as a warning before the sun is about to die that day (1.18).

                

        1.15                        1.16                       1.17                        1.18                     2.1                     2.2                            2.3

Kapelo quenches his thirst at a waterfall (2.1) lower down the mountain the following day, and then fills his calabash (2.2) with water. As Kapelo continues with his quest, a collared sunbird (2.3) chirps: “You call that a quest? What about pondering the essence of your existence?”                                                                                                                                          NEXT PAGE - 2