14 Dry River Beds. A Guided Tour

14 dry river beds is a guided tour from Swakopmund to Windhoek, a visual record of myth and memory.
Jacobson, David
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14 Dry River Beds. A Guided Tour

Book title: 14 dry river beds. A guided tour
Author: David Jacobson
Publisher: Basler Afrika Bibliographien
Basel, 2009
ISBN 978-3-905758-11-5
Hardcover, 24x16 cm, 36 pages, 14 illustrations


The 14 Dry River Beds are the result of my return to Namibia after an absence of 33 years.

I couldn’t think of a better metaphor for how I felt than the dryness that one experiences in Namibia, the drought, the constant heat and the fact that the rivers have very little water in them other than for a couple of days a year.

Otjizemba River:

The next that we come to is the "Otjizemba River". On many of these signs for a river you will see blue waves painted underneath the road signs. I found this very amusing.

First of all, the waters would be brown, but also because there hardly is ever any water in them anyway. But I used the sign on many of the pieces, the waves signifying waves of emotion that were being repeated, that I was experiencing.

In this image I am playing with the idea of original sin if you like. It references the serpent or snake in the very first image.

There's a very old man sitting in a chair I photographed in my house in London, which in turn is referenced by the photograph of a neighbour's house in London. […]