A photographic fundi and the satisfaction of maps
When you are a photographer, you learn about many things.
- You learn how to use your camera proficiently and instinctively
- You learn how to compose photographs
- You research and learn about your subjects – places, buildings, people, things
You become a fundi (definition at the bottom of the post).
For a photographer, maps are such an important tool. They help navigate to the places you visit, they help you keep track of where you take photos and for labelling and tagging your photo database. For some photographers, even the GPS points are crucial to their work.
Dabelle loves maps, especially good old paper ones and even though she wouldn’t say she is a geographical fundi, she finds them fascinating. She particularly loves topographical maps because there is some much information compresses into the symbols and layout. It was something she loved learning about in Geography at school. Mapwork was one of her best subjects. Then there are satellite maps which reveal the contours of the earth’s surface on a large scale that we cannot see ourselves. These are some of her favourite types from the Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.
But, wherever she goes, she collects a local, general, thematic map of the area she is visiting.
“But wait,” I hear you cry, “what about Google?“
Yes, of course, Google Maps are always there. But Dabelle knows that when you are out of data range or you want to abandon technology for a few days, there is nothing like the comfort of knowing that you have that paper map sitting on the seat next to you, or tucked away in your backpack. They are also normally full of useful information! Here she is with one of the local maps she uses often: another one for the Addo Elephant National Park.
The South African word of the day
fundi: [Foen-dee] is someone who is an expert in something as in “He’s a real fundi at Maths!” This is a word used in mainstream South African English, although it was much more common in the 60s and 70s. It derives from the Nguni “umfundisi” meaning teacher or preacher.
I’m a little late with this post for the letter ‘F’. But regardless, the month of the A to Z Blogging Challenge continues. I am combining stories about my Lego photographer friend Dabelle and a South African word.
Are you a fundi in anything? What is your expert field or speciality? Are you an academic fundi or a self-taught fundi? I’d love to hear from you.
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- To read all my A to Z posts, click on the Dibzen-AtoZChallenge tag.
- This is also a post inspired by the Everyday Inspiration course