Monday, 26 September 2011

Colour Block with Lalla Hirayama & Heat Magazine

Here is a new fashion editorial shot for Heat Magazine South Africa with Lalla Hirayama, staying in the Colour Block theme. Instead of the usual Melissa Maxted (Fashion Editor) and myself decided to make huge real coloured blocks, much more fun! 

Fashion Editor: Melissa Maxted
Make-Up: Natasha Kruger
Model: Lalla Hirayama 
Photographic Assistant: Murray Turpin 

Wyatt Hair - Architecture via hair

Acclaimed South African hairdresser Candice Wyatt who has won several international accolades and I have been working on a hair exhibition. Our first shoot was with fashion editor Carla Uys from Cleo Magazine.

Candice is truly a mastermind with a pair of scissors and the new series of images which we have begun shooting has not been released yet. This is just a little taster of whats to come.

CTS 2011

Cleo Magazine - Fashion in Gold.

A couple months ago before I departed for the USA, I got the opportunity to shoot a Fashion Editorial with Cleo Magazine South Africa. The theme was black & gold.

Fashion Editor: Carla Uys
Photographic Assistant: Candice Jooste 

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

The Smarteez - Red Bulletin Magazine

A few months ago I had the pleasure to re-visit one of my favorite subjects, The Smarteez Fashion collective from Soweto, Johannesburg. Red Bulletin Magazine, Red Bulls monthly publication commissioned me to go and shoot a new piece on where they have come from and where they are going. It was an amazing experience and it is interesting to see the new challenges for the prolific fashion designers.

I was accompanied by Tudor Caradoc-Davies who wrote a in depth story into the guys, aptly titled Rainbow Warriors. I have attached it to this blog post for your perusal.

Chris Saunders 2011

James Bhemgee

A while back I was commissioned by Total Exposure Johannesburg to do a shoot with the opera sensation James Bhemgee in Mitchells Plain close to Cape Town. James's story touched the heart of the nation a couple of years ago when he won SA's got talent a reality television show on SABC.

James used to be a street sweeper on the streets of Cape Town CBD until a lady heard him singing while he was doing his job one morning, she then sent him for training and today he is one of South Africa's biggest success stories.

To read up more on James, please go to James's Facebook page. 


Chris 2011

Friday, 9 September 2011

S'Phara Phara video piece

The thought of my exhibition almost been over is haunting me, its been a month and it feels like days. On that note, I wanted to upload my video piece which was on display at the exhibition in The Resolution Gallery.

The video piece is the culmination of other experimentation with other videos I shot while at Fabrica, originally I was commissioned by The United Colors of Benetton to shoot a video piece which could be used in the video installation walls in their stores of the acclaimed Johannesburg fashion collective the Smarteez. Unfortunately we shot it but it never came to fruition. So I decided to shoot another similar video for my exhibition on the Real Action Pantsula dance crew, this time learning from the mistakes I had made last time and getting to work with the amazing editor Malcolm Che' to finish it off.

The S'Phara Phara exhibition will be up till the 17th September at The Resolution Gallery in Johannesburg.

CT 2011.