2010 FIFA World Cup-Tribute to the Rainbow Nation
“ We want Robben Island to reflect the triumph of freedom and human dignity over oppression and humiliation “
Ahmed Katharada, Prisoner 468/64
Robben Island 1964-1982
This is Robbeneiland in Afrikaan for Robben Island. Located 7 nautical miles off the shores of Green Point, It was named by the Dutch for the large number of seals - "rob". Originally a penal colony for errant slaves, later became one of the most notorious prisons in the world. It was later used by the British as a general dumping ground for lepers, paupers and lunatics alike. In the 2nd half of 19th century, a small village was built next to the jetty known as the Irish Town. A military base during World War 2, it was taken over by the Dept of Prison in 1960 and quickly acquiring a reputation as South Africa's most notorious penal colony.
Many of the present government's top officials were held here which included Walter Sisilu, Ahmed Katharada and the most famous is Nelson Mandela who was condemned to life imprisonment in June 1964. He was released in 1990 after spending 26years in Section B of the prison. Today this South Africa's Alcatraz has been turned into a national monument to the struggle against apartheid, as well as a nature reserve, a musuem and a World Heritage Site
Shot date May 2003
Nikon FA, 20mm AF Nikkor F2.8,
Nikon circular Polariser 62mm
Slidefilm Kodachrome 64
Cropped from original image.
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pauloog (11751) 2010-06-27 13:11
I remembr thsi entry porch from my visit some years ago and it still give me the creeps because of ts synism. You presented it well by including more of the site and a small look to the harsh reality behind the "poetic" entry slogan.
bukitgolfb301 (44777) 2010-06-28 5:12
Hi my dear Abmdsudi
Great and significant timly shot!
Perfect well calcurated framework/composition, nice color and so sharp focus description. Nice bold cropping! Congratulation on your fine job!
Thanks for your sharing and have a good week!
Best regards from rainy muggy Tokyo,
danyy (0) 2010-06-30 23:45
une photo très propre et très nette.
Epurée, beaucoup de droites.
Excellentes lumières bien dosées.
humayun (3105) 2010-07-06 11:23
very nice gate...........
first time i see that kind of image.......
and very intastaing image...........
jmdias (67899) 2011-04-06 3:10
a nice framing, light and sharpness to show this terrible and famous prison. the shapes of the build fitted well inside the compo. the emptiness of the space gave more sadness to the compo too. nice job
Ricx (13495) 2011-06-18 23:11
This gate symbolises freedom in so many ways, but was created by Madiba Mandela and his release from imprisonment. My first visit to Robben Island opened my eyes to what the oppressive apartheid Government had done to the balance of South Africans.. What is so sad for me I had lived under the "privaledged" banner in South Africa and I had accepted it as normal. I am glad I and so many white South Africans have now changed and people like Nelson Mandela and sporting events like the FIFA World Cup have helped make those changes. Have a wonderful day.. and thank you for posting such a symbolic pic. Rich
gus72 (3719) 2013-02-02 13:54
Hi abmdsudi !!
I like the photo but it is your note that took my breath away..... one can not but feel sorry for such a waste of valuable human lives.Some 4 years ago I had a good look at this prison on Google earth..... it is not a big Jail.
Very nice panoramic format with true colours.
Have a nice Sunday.
Cricri (124778) 2014-02-26 0:26
Un endroit remplie histoire toutes aussi triste, un endroit qu'on aimerait oublié, mais qui reste bien réelle, intéressante présentation et note