Wednesday, 26 January 2011

The Ideal Passport Photo.

I have been going through my archive of the work I shot while at Fabrica and there is so much I haven't released or used for anything. This was one of the projects I piggy backed on another. I was working on an interactive display with Paulo Barcelos (who is in one of the above images) when I thought about the idea of the Ideal Passport photograph.

I am always fascinated by passport images and always wonder about the funny faces people would love to pull in font of the camera when they are taken and how it would go down if you presented your passport in a airport and the security official saw a totally obscure face. Obviously this would never happen but I thought it would be fun to illustrate.

So to the basics, the one on the left is the ideal and normal portrait as it normally is and the one on the right is the way I wish it could be.


CT 11

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Loffa (Flatulance with no sound) by Ries Straver

In my one year in Italy I got to work with and learn from some amazing people. A good friend and colleague Ries Straver asked me to collaborate a little on the filming of his short film which was shown at Netmage 11 digital arts festival as well as used as part of its main identity.

The film is about a man who through his creativity finds a way for his flatulence to have sound by using little trumpets which he sucks up the gas with and then squeezes to imitate the effect.

An amazing and subversively humorous film. Enjoy it as it was a pleasure to collaborate on it.

Chris 2011

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

The Tshe Tsha Boys

I thought I'd start off the year with a recently published article which I shot late last year. The story was on the youtube Shangaani Electro sensation, 'The Tshe Tsha Boys,' from Giyani, Limpopo, South Africa.

Earlier last year while researching stories for the Colors Magazine 'Dance' issue on my residency at Fabrica I came across an absolutely manic video of a bunch of guys called the 'Tshe Tsha Boys' and a South African producer called 'Nozinja' who pioneered the now keyed, 'Shangaani Electro Scene.'

When I came through to South Africa to shoot the story as well as another which was published in the 'Dance' issue (Real Action Pantsula in Orange Farm) things didn't work out due to unforeseen circumstances, I returned disappointed to Italy empty handed with regards to the Tshe Tsha Boys shoot determined to approach it when the opportunity came up again.

A few months later I received an email from the editor of Electronic Beats magazine Viktoria Pelles about her them ironically researching stories for a dance themed issue. I immediately suggested the Tshe Tsha Boys who I know had a contact with and really wanted to shoot. She accepted the story and I jetted offto South Africa once again to do the shoot. Finally I had my opportunity and I was determined to get it right this time.

On the day of the shoot, I had a subtotal of four hours to get my shots as the guys had to return to their hometown of Giyani on a bus that afternoon and couldn't be late. We chose to do the shoot behind and in Nozinja's garden in Soweto.

They where energetic and soulful when approaching their dance, as if they knew nothing else and expressed their lives through this form of movement. I asked them what the costumes meant as they had made quiet a stir on youtube, they answered, 'Children love the costumes.' In Giyani and other small towns dancers like the Tshe Tsha boys are hired as entertainment and dance to crowds of sometimes thousand of people. The beauty of grass roots South African culture is its appreciation for live dance and entertainment. People in the mostly Shangaani area of Limpopo appreciate music in their language which embraces their own music and traditional dancing but now in a modern format (thanks to Nozinja). The community keep the scene alive by supporting local gigs and buying DVD's and Albums which are sold at the live performances. This allowing the scene to flurish and now with international interest possibly explode.

It was a pleasure getting to meet Nozinja and experiencing a non-exploited culture true to its roots.

If you'd like to see the original Youtube video I found please follow this link:

To a successful and Enlightening 2011.
Chris Saunders

Producer, Film Maker and Manager Nozinja.