Thanks to special grants made for this purpose by the De Beers Group of Companies – primary supporter of the Field Band Foundation since 2006 – a commission of one of SA’s most thoughtful photographers of socio-economic imagery, Durban-based Angela Buckland, affords some sharing of her insights about how the Foundation, made flesh by band members, works day-to-day.

In this project, Ms. Buckland spent time in early 2016 (24/7) with various members of the three Ponahalo De Beers Field Bands in the Free State’s Parys, Viljoenskroon, and near the De Beers Voorspoed Diamond Mines (Kroonstad). She shared the full gamut of the days of individual band members and their families of differing context, including some of disability. The resultant “day-in-the-life” portraits are drawn into phases whose starkness can hide their deeper revelations – but not for long.

An unusual triumph, we are now witness to a deeply significant offering, every bit more compelling thanks to its empathetic curiosity, acknowledgement of limits to seeing, marker of telling nuance, and understated respect for subject, all with a quiet agape love. The Foundation is pleased to share this representative sample of the project’s work with you through our Report to Society, and commends De Beers for making that happen.

To purchase a full set of this unique collection, please contact Angela Buckland on angelabuckland@yebo.co.za.