Country Town Church

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NG Church Mariental is one of the oldest Dutch Reformed Church (Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk) communities in Namibia and was established  in 1898 as the Gibeon community and was re-established on 13 November 1902 in the town Mariental, Namibia by Di. J.F Botha and H.P. v.d. Merwe. Building of the church started on 11 September 1920.

I have spent many hours between the four walls of this church and saw it almost every day of my childhood and adolescent life. Yes, I went to it most Sundays and my old school is right next to it. When I was on holiday in Namibia a couple of months ago, I worked with Ds. Kobus Jooste to capture the essences of the church to show people here in The Netherlands how I went to church as a boy. And I learned a lot about how everything fits together.

The reportage tells the story of a typical Sunday morning serves. To be honest, I thought that it would be easy to do, but there was a lot that I have forgotten about small towns. And to make things even harder, I had only one chance to capture the events that took place. Even though I know almost everybody there, it was hard to avoid people staring at me in the middle of serves. I tried my best to be as discrete and quite as possible by sitting in one place during the quiet times and moving while everybody was singing.

I am very happy with the result and want to thank everybody that made this possible. My only regret is that I was never able to show it to Ds. Kobus, as he passed away the day before my exhibition here in The Netherlands.

In memory of Ds. JP (Kobus) Jooste.

 

  • http://Website Annette Jooste

    Jaco
    Baie dankie vir die pragtige versameling foto’s. Ek dink jy het regtig die oomblik vasgevang en vir ons sal dit kosbare herinneringe bly.
    Annette

    • http://scholtzz.com Jaco

      Hallo Annette

      Ek is bly dat julle daarvan hou en dit was regtig vir my ‘n eer om dit te kan doen en saam met hom te kan werk.

      Groete