I travelled to Port Elizabeth with a very specific single high-impact image in mind which got blown out of the water thanks to the local municipality’s decision to keep the stadium lights off at night to save money.   As a professional photographer one simply cannot walk away empty handed so what transpired was a decision to shoot some long-exposure images (I got just two before the light faded into obscurity) of about 10 minutes each where the city lights were illuminating some fast moving cloud cover and reflecting back down onto the roof of the stadium. It’s a case of professional luck scored through having the patience and belief to wait around in seemingly hopeless circumstances ‘knowing’ that something would materialise.

It’s a magnificent stadium built at half the cost of the Durban Moses Mabhida Stadium and a quarter of the price of the Cape Town Green Point Stadium, which in a struggling third world country desperate for schools, hospitals and basic needs of the poor is quite remarkable and congratulatory.

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