Ros Molteno


“Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen” (Robert Bresson).

Photography allows me to express the beauty and grace in the simplest of things, to quickly capture the play of natural light before the moment is lost. 

It allows for creativity when I’m not at my easel, and demands a spontaneous reaction in situations where people, birds, animals or light are  on the move.  In my series “Women’s work – all that remains”, I was able to compose the images while waiting for strong highlights and shadows to be created by the natural light.

The act of making art is the act of revelation, first to the artist, then to the world.  


Annual Vuleka Art  Competition and Exhibition.  Art B.  Bellville.  South Africa.  My photography selected in 2008, 2009 and 2010.









A tribute to women through the ages

There’s very little tangible evidence of the heavy work done by women throughout the ages, as they tended hearth and home.

During a recent trip through the Karoo, I photographed many discarded and rusting domestic utensils and implements, including enamel cups, dishes, kettles, bowls, ladles, pots and pans, zinc buckets, baths, basins, watering cans, old treadle sewing machines, wringers, flatirons, milk cans, Dover stoves, lanterns, candlesticks and three-legged cooking pots.

The metal objects depicted in this series symbolise the ephemeral quality, as well as the lasting value, of the domestic chores performed by women.

Made from metals which are mined from the earth and smelted by fire, the discarded domestic objects left to rust in the open air are slowly disintegrating and returning to the earth.

heart \ hearth \ earth

Women’s work – all that remains









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