New Years Day on Durban Beaches – A New Perspective on Durban
2015: A New Year that brings in new resolutions, mindsets, behaviour and perspective. Social media has changed our lives in a way that cannot be measured against any other transformation in the history of the world.
So we were very inspired and impressed with the blog article by Daryl Visser, an incredible, talented photographer who left everything behind to start a new life in our beautiful city of Durban. We love the way he has captured the beauty, colour, fun, social cohesion, magic and truth about New Years Day in Durban. Check out his website www.darylvisser.com.
Durban 2015 – New Years: Darryl Visser
In 2014 a lot changed for me. I left a company that I was with for 8 years. Moved to Durban, started a new career. Left family and close friends behind, all in search of a new adventure, meeting new people and making new friends.
This being my first post for 2015, I wanted it to be different, something new. I wanted to show people something many of us would never have seen. Living in a country that is so divided, where racism and tensions are at breaking point, many of us would not want to be part of such an event, not be allowed to experience such an event. How can we fear something if we haven’t experienced it first hand? Sometimes we have to take our pride, our fear, our opinions of others and forget all of it and live in the moment.
What do we base our fear and our opinions of others on? Is it what happened 50 years ago? Do we base it on what we get force fed by the media and by our own government? Making us believe that the problems today are from a previous regime? Making us fear and hate each other? Lets not forget the past, but let us not destroy the future because of the past!
New years day in Durban is a total culture shock! The sights, sounds and smells will stay with me for a long time. Hundreds of thousands of people from all races, religions and cultures all in one place to celebrate and enjoy the beginning of a new year. I can honestly say that I did not for one second feel threatened or intimidated while walking around between the thousands of people.
As we say goodbye to 2014 and look ahead to what 2015 could bring, I want to wish you a blessed 2015! May it bring you joy and good fortune. Let the people you love know that you appreciate them. Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.
We look forward to more inspiring, incredible images and articles from this talented man. Durban has indeed gained an asset in our city!!!