Rhodes Must Fall: Part 3

This evening I spent nearly two hours in the garden next to Azania house, reflecting on my past few days whilst listening to the victorious music and singing coming from the nearby space of occupation. The joy and spirit that was carried in the voices of those joining into the melodies was tangible and carried a sense of true exhalation and triumph that simply can’t be faked. It was intoxicating and I (in my humble opinion) think anyone within range of a celebration of the falling of Rhodes must, on some level, be able to perceive the authentic human dignity and humility that this movement has carried and embodied in their fight for the removal of Rhodes.

For the first time in a very long time, I had no cameras on me today. My digital was lying by my computer at home and I had finished the film spool in my camera this morning.
And today was the day that Rhodes fell.

But, luckily, I have amazing company who take exceptional images that use photography to articulate where my interest in this whole movement lies. Our little misfit group settled on the lawns by the statue at 4pm, waiting in anticipation for the arrival of the crowds and, ultimately, the removal of the statue. Soon though, my friends were taking turns disappearing into crowds with cameras in their hands – getting the footage and stills they wanted.

This article’s primary function therefore, is not to celebrate words and deconstruct theories of current events or to discuss different perceptions and attitudes of the removal of the statue, but rather to allow these iconic stills to tell the story. People’s expressions have an extraordinary ability to convey meaning in a way that language was developed to attempt to communicate, but could never dream of achieving.

These aforementioned meanings were caught beautifully in sharp photographs of faces in the crowd by Desmond Bowles this evening. His photographic documentation is featured as the accompanyment to the article today. Below are some sneak peaks at his images taken at the event today.

Rhodes Must Fall
Photographs: Desmond Bowles

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