In 2013 I put together a collection of images that I’d taken in the Kwazulu-Natal Midlands over the previous years, intending to use them as a gift for our daughter Shayne Baillie who’s lived in England for the past twenty years or more. She deeply loved the Midlands, and it seemed appropriate to present them to her as a gift. The question, as always, was how?
I was fortunate to link up with a gentleman who was a retired book binder, and he agreed to make up one copy for me if I provided him with the printed content. I did this, he wove his magic wand, and the result was way better than I’d anticipated. The book was sent off to Surrey, and a few weeks later I received a tearful telephone call.
I enjoyed compiling the volume every bit as much as I’d enjoyed taking the photos and writing the scraps of text, so much so that I’ll probably be setting up a second volume, this one dealing with another special region of the province, the Drakensberg. This will be done in conjunction with my friend Nola Meiring, also an enthusiastic photographer and lover of the Berg region.
To all of you who love the Midlands, I hope this blog brings you some pleasure.