John Kramer began to record small town shops, corner cafe's, bioscopes and general dealer stores of the Western Cape, South Africa, with his camera in the early 1970’s, fearing that they might soon disappear. The supermarket was coming to town. Television was about to make its presence felt. He wanted to hold onto the memory. Influenced by the photo-realism movement of the time, he began to use these images as a subject for his unique paintings.