GHOSTS AND GIRLS

28 June – 19 July Pioneer Museum and Sammy Marks Museum, Pretoria, South Africa
 

The Marks Ghost

 

THE MARKS GHOST VISUAL MEMOIR

(Click here to view the video)

To Pin a Ghost Model & Make-up:  Yowyn Du Plooy Styling and Phootgraphy: Karien Mulder Wardrobe: Corsets SA www.corsetsa.co.za Assistant: Louise Malan

To Pin a Ghost
Model & Make-up: Yowyn Du Plooy
Styling and Photography: Karien Mulder
Wardrobe: Corsets SA http://www.corsetsa.co.za
Assistant: Louise Malan

We recently visited the cold and wintery South Africa where I decided to do a shoot based on a local urban legend.  The legend is that of the ghost of Sammy (Samual) Marks who has been haunting his home (also known as Zwartkoppies Farm, built in the 1880s) and historical site in Pretoria, since his death in 1920.  The story I am developing is about Samual Mark’s middle daughter Dolly, who now also haunts the forest area outside the house in search of her family name.  Sammy and his wife Bertha had nine children of which only six survived.  The sad thing is that the legend and legacy of Sammy Mark died in 1981, with the death of his last grandchild.  Of all Sammy and Bertha’s grandchildren only girls were born, so the family name died when the last grandchild passed away.  In my story I am exploring the idea of losing a legacy and what it means to have a family name, what does it tie to?  I am interested in ideas such as why a name matters and does blood tie you to family?  With the images I wanted to capture the spirit of Dolly Marks – a rich Victorian lady who was not allowed to marry a ‘foreigner’ and who was ordered to return home to their family farm.  In my story she rebels against her religious father by practising alternative spiritual rituals and vows to never marry.  Her spirit still remains.

Blood Puppet Model & Make-up:  Yowyn Du Plooy Styling and Phootgraphy: Karien Mulder Wardrobe: Corsets SA www.corsetsa.co.za Assistant: Louise Malan

Ties
Model & Make-up: Yowyn Du Plooy
Styling and Photography: Karien Mulder
Wardrobe: Corsets SA http://www.corsetsa.co.za
Assistant: Louise Malan

Dark Portrait  Model & Make-up:  Yowyn Du Plooy Styling and Phootgraphy: Karien Mulder Wardrobe: Corsets SA www.corsetsa.co.za Assistant: Louise Malan

A Portrait of Dolly Marks 
Model & Make-up: Yowyn Du Plooy
Styling and Photography: Karien Mulder
Wardrobe: Corsets SA http://www.corsetsa.co.za
Assistant: Louise Malan

Dolly's Playground Model & Make-up:  Yowyn Du Plooy Styling and Phootgraphy: Karien Mulder Wardrobe: Corsets SA www.corsetsa.co.za Assistant: Louise Malan

Playground
Model & Make-up: Yowyn Du Plooy
Styling and Photography: Karien Mulder
Wardrobe: Corsets SA http://www.corsetsa.co.za
Assistant: Louise Malan

 

I am also super blessed and honoured this month to be featured on Gulf Photo Plus’s website as “member in focus” for the month of July.

Gulf Photo Plus Member in Focus

Gulf Photo Plus Member in Focus

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