Documenting history is something of a family business. Our family farm Weilbach has been the focus of my documentary photography in the past and I will hopefully be documenting it for many years to come.

It also houses one of the most extensive historical Afrikaaner collections that I’m aware of. The creator, and curator of this national treasure is my father GF van der Westhuizen, pictured here holding a hippo tooth of all things.

I have attempted to document the museum for a many years, but due to an overwhelming amount of artifacts combined with the absence of any natural light, the results have always been poor, with a promise to reshoot next year and hope for better results.

This year was different. I came prepared with the prime f1.8 50mm lens, my new Canon 7D with much better handling of high ISO shooting. The results speak for themselves.