Tuesday, May 7, 2013
In the latest issue of Red Bulletin Magazine I had the pleasure of shooting portraits of both The Brother Moves on and Nakhane Toure. Both are in the new wave of South African musicians making waves locally and abroad. See the new Red Bulletin magazine for the story by Lloyd Gedye.
|The Brother Moves on|
Monday, May 6, 2013
I was commissioned by US music publication XLR8R to shoot a story on a music producer from Attridgeville Pretoria called DJ Spoko a few months ago. I'd never heard of him or his music before this but the link was one of SA's most notorious exports Mujava who produced the illustrious club hit Township Funk which rocked the international dance scene in 2009. According to Spoko, he trained the man who later signed to the major electronic label Warp.
From his shack studio in Attridgeville west of pretoria DJ Spoko has produced a new EP Ghost Town with True Panther Records, and claims the genre 'Bacardi House' on True Panther in the USA. The shoot made me realise that this country has a wealth of talent often un-noticed at home but paraded internationally.
Read the XLR8R article at: http://www.xlr8r.com/gear/2013/03/studio-dj-spoko
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Gaschette, a new online magazine run by some uber cool fashionista friends gave me the opportunity to collaborate with one of Johannesburg's best stylists Melissa Maxted on 'The Scarab'. The theme for the issue was 'new'. With a mixture of animation, video and photography we tried our best to live up to the theme.
Check out the Gaschette website at http://www.gaschettemag.com and our editorial on their site here.
Monday, April 1, 2013
Red Bull has got behind some of SA's best musicians and threw a weekday gig where things got messy when Spoek Mathambo, Dirty Paraffin and Bhubessi hit the streets of Soweto and made the party. I shot it because it was fun.
|Okmalumkoolkat from Dirty Paraffin.|
|Okmalumkoolkat and in the background BFG.|
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
|This is an option that was not used in the story but we decided to finish anyway because I loved it so much. Frances van Jaarsveldt retouched the image.|
Styled by. Floyd (Smarteez)
Photographic Assistant. Jacques de Jager
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Styling by. Melissa Maxted
Photographic Assistant. Jacques de Jaager
Retouched by. Frances van Jaarsveldt
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Its been a mad month. One robbery down and I am slowly starting to put together my blog posts, scrapping together finished shoots and trying to get my system back in order. Here is a shoot I did for JHB Style magazine for their business issue (FEB 2013). Simply called Duplicity.
Photography. Chris Saunders
Photographic Assistant. Jacques de Jager
Styling. Natalia Fernandez
Hair & Make-Up. Natasha Kruger
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
In the last weeks I have been working with a group of peeps from Soweto and South of Johannesburg who I met during the shooting of the Little Dragon documentary. They are recent matriculants of Mondeor High and they are starting a fashion brand. They call themselves the UniConz (Unique Iconz).
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Monday, January 21, 2013
After directing the LV feat Okmalumkoolkat music video last year I got a new fascination with the Skhotane culture of South Africa. Everyone has an opinion on it and as per usual no one really knows anything about it. I decided to go out and spend some time in Orange Farm with my colleague Sello who runs the Real Action Pantsula Dance crew. He introduced me to some of the guys and it was interesting to see how and what the culture was all about.
Sello was more interested in the dance moves performed by the groups and we both had vast discussions around the way that Pantsula culture back in the day had very negative connotations surrounding it as guys used to commit crime to be able to afford the fashion they wore too and it too has been said that young Skhotanes will go to any measure to be able to afford their flashy clothes. However the group I met was mostly funded by one guy who had received a large payout from the road accident fund after been in an accident.
I decided to publish a story purely about their shoes, most of them a brand called Carvela, which is made in Italy and supposedly designed for driving sports cars, hence the reason why the boxes that they pose with have picture of Lambo's and Porche's on them. I also decided that in a culture which is mostly about been recognised it would be poignant to not show any of the faces of my subjects thus not buying into the culture. The story was published in the Paris based Clam magazine and you can see the article below.
The work was recently on exhibit at The Circa gallery in Rosebank, Johannesburg as part of a larger group show. I named the series at the exhibition Carvelas = Cash.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
During my shoot for AFAR media last year where I was sent with a group of travellers from the USA to experience Johannesburg I got to spend a little time in the acclaimed artist William Kentridge's studio in Arts on Main in Johannesburg. I had a short introduction with the man himself, but enough time to snap this portrait in his studio.
Sunday, January 6, 2013
In the December issue of Rolling I was graced with my second cover of the now one year old magazine. The idea was to portray HHP (Hip Hop Pantsula) as the boss (Which he is known as) and major trend setter in South African Hip-Hop. Accompanied by an immaculate and in-depth story by Bongani Madondo its worth checking out.
The shoot was set in Alexandra Township, we shot with HHP's dance crew which are a group of super talented guys from East Rand in Johannesburg. I wanted to portray current Township Fashion Trends including the super popular t-shirts worn by the Isikhotane mixed with the traditional Pantsula Dickies / work wear.
Thanks #Bosso aka HHP and Rolling Stone Magazine.