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Jan-2017

My first solo exhibition: The Ocean’s Vow

Mozambique   /  
Bazaruto Archipelago, Fishing, Photographic Safari, Mozambique, Vilankulo, Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel, Darell Dee Lourens

The Ocean’s Vow’ is a collection of 30, 297 x 420 mm  photographs. It frames lives of the subsistence fishermen in Vilankulo, Mozambique. The exhibition was hosted by Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel and 60% of all sales donated to the Bonguili Project, addressing the complete lack of kindergartens in paradise.

Exhibiting was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done. I found  helluva intimidating.

Susana Vidal – general manager at Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel – and I made the entire collection available for purchase online.  

Bazaruto Archipelago, Fishing, Photographic Safari, Mozambique, Vilankulo, Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel

DOMINGOS AND PAVANE, ©Daréll Lourens 2016

There is something about a man and his boat.

The above portrait of Domingos and Pavane (his ‘Dhow’) was one of the first pictures I took when I started working on this series.

DOMINGOS AND PAVANE (above) was taken shortly after sunrise, early May 2016. Notice Dominogos’s cap with the emblem of the South African rugby team. “Oud-Springbok by die see…”

‘Did a tourist give it to him? A South African guy who came fishing one December? Or did he buy it at one of the many second hand clothing stalls in the village market?’

At this early stage of the project not many of the local fisherman I asked for permission to take their picture really felt comfortable or agreed, so when Domingos smiled and nodded, he catapulted the project into motion, allowing others to follow suit.

Bazaruto Archipelago, Fishing, Photographic Safari, Mozambique, Vilankulo, Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel

FISHING FAMILY, ©Daréll Lourens, 2016

One afternoon, in that very same week in May, this boy in is orange T-shirt and denim jacket actually asked me to take his portrait. After printing this picture and giving it to the boy a few days after, I learned that it was the very first printed photograph he ever received of himself. I then started doing the same with each of the portraits I took, whether I planned to include them in the final selection to exhibit or not.

Bazaruto Archipelago, Fishing, Photographic Safari, Mozambique, Vilankulo, Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel, Darell Dee Lourens

SILHOUETTE OF A MAN, ©Daréll Lourens 2016

Bazaruto Archipelago, Fishing, Photographic Safari, Mozambique, Vilankulo, Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel, Darell Dee Lourens

TEEN TIDE, ©Daréll Lourens 2016

Bazaruto Archipelago, Fishing, Photographic Safari, Mozambique, Vilankulo, Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel, Darell Dee Lourens

WAITING, WANTING, ©Daréll Lourens 2016

Bazaruto Archipelago, Fishing, Photographic Safari, Mozambique, Vilankulo, Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel, Darell Dee Lourens

HE, THE SEA AND ME, ©Daréll Lourens 2016

Bazaruto Archipelago, Fishing, Photographic Safari, Mozambique, Vilankulo, Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel, Darell Dee Lourens

REPUBLICA OF MOZAMBIQUE – ©Daréll Lourens 2016

Bazaruto Archipelago, Fishing, Photographic Safari, Mozambique, Vilankulo, Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel, Darell Dee Lourens

FLIP, FLOP, FISH – ©Daréll Lourens 2016

Bazaruto Archipelago, Fishing, Photographic Safari, Mozambique, Vilankulo, Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel, Darell Dee Lourens

GRANDCHILD OF THE SEA, ©Daréll Lourens 2016

Bazaruto Archipelago, Fishing, Photographic Safari, Mozambique, Vilankulo, Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel, Darell Dee Lourens

HIM – ©Daréll Lourens 2016

Bazaruto Archipelago, Fishing, Photographic Safari, Mozambique, Vilankulo, Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel, Darell Dee Lourens

RESPECT THE GAME – ©Daréll Lourens 2016

Bazaruto Archipelago, Fishing, Photographic Safari, Mozambique, Vilankulo, Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel, Darell Dee Lourens

NET VIR JOU –  ©Daréll Lourens 2016

Bazaruto Archipelago, Fishing, Photographic Safari, Mozambique, Vilankulo, Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel, Darell Dee Lourens

THE MORNING AFTER – ©Daréll Lourens 2016

Bazaruto Archipelago, Fishing, Photographic Safari, Mozambique, Vilankulo, Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel, Darell Dee Lourens

WISH IN A BUCKET – ©Daréll Lourens 2016

Bazaruto Archipelago, Fishing, Photographic Safari, Mozambique, Vilankulo, Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel, Darell Dee Lourens

TIGHT LINES – ©Daréll Lourens 2016

Bazaruto Archipelago, Fishing, Photographic Safari, Mozambique, Vilankulo, Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel, Darell Dee Lourens

SOBER – ©Daréll Lourens 2016

Bazaruto Archipelago, Fishing, Photographic Safari, Mozambique, Vilankulo, Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel, Darell Dee Lourens

MEER, MIN. MINDER, MAN – ©Daréll Lourens 2016

Bazaruto Archipelago, Fishing, Photographic Safari, Mozambique, Vilankulo, Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel, Darell Dee Lourens

OUT – ©Daréll Lourens 2016

Bazaruto Archipelago, Fishing, Photographic Safari, Mozambique, Vilankulo, Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel, Darell Dee Lourens

VILANKULO BAY – ©Daréll Lourens 2016

Bazaruto Archipelago, Fishing, Photographic Safari, Mozambique, Vilankulo, Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel, Darell Dee Lourens

CASH ‘n CARRY – ©Daréll Lourens 2016

Bazaruto Archipelago, Fishing, Photographic Safari, Mozambique, Vilankulo, Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel, Darell Dee Lourens

GEVOELTE  – ©Daréll Lourens 2016

Bazaruto Archipelago, Fishing, Photographic Safari, Mozambique, Vilankulo, Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel, Darell Dee Lourens

OLD MAN AND THE SEA – ©Daréll Lourens 2016

Bazaruto Archipelago, Fishing, Photographic Safari, Mozambique, Vilankulo, Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel, Darell Dee Lourens

SUNRISE AT LOW TIDE – ©Daréll Lourens 2016

Bazaruto Archipelago, Fishing, Photographic Safari, Mozambique, Vilankulo, Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel, Darell Dee Lourens

BOY AND A BOAT, ©Daréll Lourens 2016

Bazaruto Archipelago, Fishing, Photographic Safari, Mozambique, Vilankulo, Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel, Darell Dee Lourens

GONE FISHING – ©Daréll Lourens 2016

Bazaruto Archipelago, Fishing, Photographic Safari, Mozambique, Vilankulo, Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel, Darell Dee Lourens

OCEAN’S COOL – ©Daréll Lourens 2016

Bazaruto Archipelago, Fishing, Photographic Safari, Mozambique, Vilankulo, Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel, Darell Dee Lourens

MOTHER – ©Daréll Lourens 2016

Bazaruto Archipelago, Fishing, Photographic Safari, Mozambique, Vilankulo, Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel, Darell Dee Lourens

HOLIDAY ROMANCE – ©Daréll Lourens 2016

Bazaruto Archipelago, Fishing, Photographic Safari, Mozambique, Vilankulo, Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel, Darell Dee Lourens

SEUN MET BLOU PLAKKIES –  ©Daréll Lourens 2016

I am often asked if the final picture, FISH IN HIS POCKET (below), was staged. It wasn’t. People seldom believe me.  Why he wore his suit to go fishing, I’m afraid I won’t ever know, but I can speculate: It might be one of the few pieces of clothing he owns? Maybe he came straight from a funeral or a function? I personally think a more likely explanation could be that he simply needed pockets to put each small fish he earned by helping to pull in the catch of the day.

Most of these images are still available unframed and sell at 300 US$ each. I sign and ship the print to you wherever you are in the world.

Contact me directly via this blog if you have any questions.

Love,

Dee

Bazaruto Archipelago, Fishing, Photographic Safari, Mozambique, Vilankulo, Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel, Darell Dee Lourens

FISH IN HIS POCKET, ©Daréll Lourens 2016

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  1. Anje /

    This is absolutely stunning, DEE! Just flippen beautiful!

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