Jun 212012

Neighbors, Cape Town


Last Easter I traveled with my two sons to visit the fourth member of our nuclear family—my husband, their father—who has been assigned responsibility for his company’s Jo’burg office. It was our first trip. On the plane—a night flight—we wondered as we flew south over the sleeping continent. What unexpected things would we find in a place where constellations are unfamiliar, the seasons switched, foods like springbok and biltong grace menus, man-eating sharks cruise bays, penguins waddle along beaches and townships still teem and thrive?

This is a first answer.

–Natalia Sarkissian


Soweto, Johannesburg


Below Table Mountain, Cape Town


Near Regina Mundi, Johannesburg


Art on the Green, Cape Town


Art in Soweto, Johannesburg


Hill, Cape Town


Near the Abandoned Gold Mines, Johannesburg


Safari, Gauteng Province


Penguin Safari, Western Cape


Guarded Compound, Johannesburg


Houses of Landudno Beach, Cape Peninsula


Girl, Pretoria


Girls, Soweto


Ladies at the Zoo, Pretoria


Girl, Landudno Beach


Family, Landudno


Monument to the 1976 Uprising, Soweto


Mandela’s Prison, Robben Island, Cape Town


Apartheid Museum, Gold Rush City




Cape Point


Near Sandton, Gauteng Province


Cape of Good Hope


–Natalia Sarkissian


Natalia Sarkissian has an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has been a contributing editor at Numéro Cinq since 2010.

  6 Responses to “Gauteng and the Cape Peninsula: Encountering South Africa — Natalia Sarkissian”

  1. As always from you, these are extraordinary. Thank you for letting Numero Cinq make them available to us.

  2. Thanks Diane, so glad you enjoyed them.

  3. Absolutely Stunning!

  4. Nat, these are so wonderful. The one that resonated most with me was the guarded compound in Jo’burg. I felt oppressed in Capetown by the feeling of fear and the ways I was taught to accommodate to it. So looking forward to seeing you again at BWW.

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