The Image: Jackie Nickerson, "Gate"

© Jackie Nickerson, Gate, 1998

Jackie Nickerson: This is one of my favourite photographs from FARM. I made it in 1998 on a cattle farm near Nyabira in Zimbabwe. For me, the impact of the light and dark, and the simplicity of the structure, had an immediate, visceral effect. It's a good representation of the resilience and essential nature of subsistence farming in Africa. There are no frills here – just the cracked red earth, simple wire frame, the delicacy of an irrepressible weed, and behind it all a deep and disturbing blackness; a metaphor perhaps for the volatility, the burden, and the uncertainty of life in Africa.