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Nadine walks through the pathway to the entrance of her home on Monday, 22 April, 2013. Nadine lives with her 9 year old son, Khoi-Sen and sister, Debra Stein, in the Park Homes in Grahamstown.
Nadine Stein gives her dogs a bone treat to keep them occupied as she comes back home after work on Monday, 22 April, 2013. The Steins have four dogs, Oso, Tree, Ebenezer (Ebbie) and Joy. Each dog has a story behind it. Oso (meaning bear in Spanish) was bought off of Grahamstown street children who threatened to harm the puppy if Debra Stein did not buy him. Tree, who is called Thulu as well, is Nadine Stein’s favourite sausage dog (dachshund) because she is the quieter dog of the pack. Ebenezer was given to Debra Stein by a good friend who could no longer look after the dog, and Joy is regarded as the “un-joyous” and grumpy sausage dog (dachshund).
After work, Nadine takes a break with her “special ciggy”, and waits for her son Khoi-Sen to be dropped off home after school on Monday, 22 April, 2013. Nadine is open with her son about smoking cigarettes and marijuana, but she will never smoke around him.
Photographs on Debra Stein’s bedroom walls are on display next to her bed, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa on Monday, 22 April, 2013. The wall is dedicated to photographs of her son, Khoi-Sen as a baby.
Nadine Stein, 37, in her single bedroom in her home, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa on Monday, 22 April, 2013. Behind her is a wall covered in images of Native American Chiefs and leaders, the way of life and thinking of the Native America people resides closely to Nadine’s personal life philosophy.
The back garden of the Steins’ home is lit up by the setting Grahamstown sun, Eastern Cape, South Africa, on Monday, 22 May, 2013. The back part of the house was once used as a braai and fire place. The sisters hope to work on the back part for friends to come over and to bring drum circles to the space during warmer Grahamstown seasons.
Dogs run around the entrance space to the Steins home in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa, on Monday, 22 April, 2013. The dogs liven up the houses atmosphere and are free to play inside and outside the house within the property space.
Nadine Stein, 37, in her bedroom in her home, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa on Monday, 22 April, 2013. Behind her is a wall covered in images of Native American Chiefs and leaders, the way of life and thinking of the Native America people resides closely to Nadine’s personal life philosophy.
Nadine with her son, Khoi-Sen, after school on Monday, 22 April, 2013. With the support of Khoi-Sen’s grandparents he is able to attend Graeme College. Every day after school Nadine will sit with Khoi-Sen to find out how his school day went and after a play break he does his homework.
Khoi-Sen Stein poses with his mother’s samurai sword in his bedroom, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa on Sunday, 12 May, 2013. Khoi-Sen likes to play games on his moms phone and his two favourite toys are a stick and small pocket knife for carving and play fighting. Khoi-Sen’s favourite action hero is Spiderman.
Debra Stein’s bedroom is covered with different materials to act as curtains as the walls are made of glass in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa, on Sunday, 12 May, 2013. Debra’s room is filled with colour and her own drawings with other images that inspire her. She recently got a guitar and has been learning a few songs.
Debra Stein’s artwork painted onto ostrich eggs with acrylic paints are on display in the Steins’ living room, 22 May, 2013. Debra loves to paint and has never attended art school. Her inspiration is drawn from images which she re-shapes into her own work. The painting of the child’s face is from a book Debra illustrated.
Debra Stein painting leather for bracelets to be sold at Under the Arch, Sunday, 12 May, 2013. Debra is the youngest of four sisters and does various arts and crafts pieces for their own business as well as companies and book illustrations.
Sisters, Nadine and Debra Stein, smoking outside in their empty parking space on Sunday, 12 May, 2013. Both sisters rely on foot or lifts for getting around town, Nadine is afraid to drive and Debra gets around on her skateboard.
Debra and Nadine look at the camera with opposing facial expressions on Sunday, 2013. They have often been asked if they are twins, because of their similar features, or if they are lovers, because of how close they are.
Khoi-Sen plays on his mother Nadine’s phone whilst she and her sister, Debra, watch him play in their yard, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa, on Sunday, 12 May, 2013. The three are extremely close and Khoi-Sen is a calm natured, like his mother, he does spend time with his father who also lives in Grahamstown and one of the reasons as to why Nadine still lives with her sister.
The family all doing their different things on a Sunday afternoon whilst listening to Linkin Park and other rock music, 12 May, 2013. Debra works in the kitchen on painting leather bracelets for the shop, whilst Nadine makes dream catchers, Khoi-Sen plays Spiderman games on his mothers phone and the dogs run around chasing each other as they are on heat.
The Stein sisters head banging to metal in their living room on Sunday, 12 May, 2013. The sisters are Christians but practice religion and spirituality in a less orthodox way; their relationship with God is not influenced by the stigma of metal music.
A serious Stein Family portrait, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa on Sunday, 12 May, 2013. Khoi-Sen, Nades and Debbie together.