The Miners are Coming – Photo Essay on Platinum Strike

It was a large gathering of  3,000 AMCU union members that sang and danced inside the Wonderkop Stadium in Marikana last week.

The Miners are Coming

The meeting marked the first day that 100,000 miners in South Africa’s platinum industry downed tools in a bid for, among other incentives, a minimum of R12,500. Shot at 1/800 f4 with 24-105mm lens and the ND filter.

The Miners are Coming

The Wonderkop Stadium, there is a long barbed wire fence that has been erected since last years strike in May. Shot at 1/8000 f1,4 with 50mm lens and the ND filter.

The Miners are Coming

It has been two years since the same miners went on strike on August 16, 2012. The scene in which 44 people were killed below a hill, now infamously known as the Marikana Massacre. Since then the platinum industry has been plagued with wildcat strikes. Mines can lose an estimate of R100 million each day it fails to operate. Shot at 1/8000 f1,4 with 50mm lens and the ND filter.

The Miners are Coming

So it was with no real surprise that when the miners gathered last week, there was an air of anticipation. In the sweltering heat leader of AMCU Joseph Mathunjwa addressed the crowd. Shot at 1/1000 f1,4 with 50mm lens and the ND filter.

The Miners are Coming

Shot with the 24-105mm 1/1000 f4.0

The Miners are Coming

Shot at 1/3200 f1,4 with 50mm lens and the ND filter. I really love how the shallow depth of field isolates figures in a crowd.

The Miners are Coming

Shot at 1/8000 f1,4 with 50mm lens and the ND filter.

The Miners are Coming

Shot at 1/3200 f1,4 with 50mm lens and the ND filter.

The Miners are Coming

Shot at 1/500 f1,4 with 50mm lens and the ND filter.

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