Monday 7 June 2010

The Soccer World Cup - Cape Town

Follower of this blog will be aware of the the Township photographic academy which I worked on with the NGO 'True North'

While we were there Katherine Holley and I made a short movie about the impact of the soccer world Cup coming to South Africa

The debate regarding the wisdom of spending millions of dollars on the Stadia and infrastructure in a country where too many people have very little, will carry on for many years to come.

But the fact remains that the World Cup coming to the African continent for the first time, where passion for the 'beautiful game' burns like no other, is important recognition for the whole of Africa as part of the world community and not as just a 'basket case' continent (Jonathan Dimbelby of the BBC is making a similar case now in his excellent new series 'An African journey with Jonathan Dimbelby')

The World Cup brings something else too


The hope to aspire, live and celebrate life itself no matter what ones background

Even in the poorest of South African township

But don't take my word for it

Listen to the of the 'Rainbow Chiefs' township childrens football team and their amazing coach Monray

The Rainbow Chiefs from drew gardner on Vimeo.

I could bang on about prime lenses, Canon 5D Mk2's, Canon 550D's and all the other stuff involved with this project and if there is enough interest I will, but I would rather just leave you with the voice's of some rather excited kids on the eve of the start of the World Cup.

And I don't even like soccer........


Betty Bake said...

hey drew
thank you so much for coming to SA and i just want to say thank you for the workshops you held
it gave me a new perspective on how i think about photography and i want to shoot and what i want to shoot.

Have a great week
Bernice AKA Betty Bake

Unknown said...

Hi Bernice

Thank you very much for the comment, I'm really pleased the workshop hit the spot for you

I have a feeling I will be back in South Africa before too much longer



Leus said...

There is no such thing as a "Soccer World Cup." Please don't put those words together again.

Beautiful video.

Unknown said...

Hi Leus

Thank you for your comment

As I said, I'm not a big football fan :)

I'm pleased you like the movie



Wern said...

Great Stuff Drew!

Leus, in SA we beg to differ. You may not like it, but even the Twitter # is SWC2010. Technically correct or not, we are loving the Soccer World Cup ;-)

Unknown said...

Hi Wern

Thanks for the message, I cannot think of a ore deserving country to host the world cup