Monday, 25 June 2012

Street Style Johannesburg June 2012 -

Spin magazine in the US recently commissioned me to shoot a street style photo series in Johannesburg. A great opportunity to explore whats happening in Winter fashion trends in South Africa. It is up on the  Spin magazine website, you can see the story at 

Thanks to all the characters aswell as the Smarteez in Soweto and The Unicornz for helping hook things up, as well as looking good. 

CT 2012

Okmalumkoolkat, (Smiso Zwane), 27, Musician

Bogosi Sekhukhuni, 21, Visual Artists Student

Chipo Mapondera, 25, Fashion Publicist 

Christopher Wagner, 23, DJ 

Constance More, 20, Model

Floyd Avenue, 26, Designer & Stylist (The Smarteez)

Junia Tsekiso, 26, Stylist

Kepi Mngomezulu, 26, Fashion Designer (The Smarteez)

Kgomotso Dihutso, 17, Scholar (The Unicornz)

Kubelo Moleko, 23, Data Assistant

Lebogang Sedikwe, 20, Fashion Student

Lesego Sdizo, 21, Self Employed

Lethabo Tsatsinyane, 27, Fashion Designer & Taylor

Linda Kubheka, 17, Scholar

Louise Hilderbrand, 32, Creative Director 

Mandisi Lean, 22, Visual Artist

Manthe Ribane, 23, Dancer

Mohau Molope, 18, Scholar (The Unicornz)

Mosa Mphore, 24, CEO of an NGO

Mpfariseni, 23, Fine Artist / Illustrator 

Tshepo Mokoena, 18, Scholar (The Unicornz) 

Nolan Dennis, 24, Architecture Student 

Nutty Kgdoe, 18, Scholar (The Unicornz) 

Saidi Gondwe, 21, Part Time Photographer and Blogger 

Sandile Mhlongo, 18, Scholar (The Unicornz) 

Sibu Fdb, 28, Fashion Designer & DJ (The Smarteez)

Siya Ndzonga, 24, Aspiring Businessman 

Siyabonga, 20, Journalism 

Skhumbuzo Mefene, 24, Model 

Tshepiso van Wyk, 25, Fashion Designer

Teekay Makwale, 34, Stylist

Tyrel Roxolid, 24, Performing Artist

Zama Nthethwe, 23, Shop Assistant

The Smarteez & Friends, Jabulani Soweto.

The Unicornz, Doornfontein Johannesburg. 

Monday, 18 June 2012

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Okmalumkoolkat x LV - Sebenza Music Video

So for the past two months I have been working super hard on Directing my first music video. I had the pleasure of hooking up with Gervase Gordon from LV in december and have been chatting to Okmalumkoolkat from Dirty Paraffin about doing a project for ages. We decided to splice things up, I wanted to produce a video which was a culmination of my South African sub-culture photographic documentaries and get them to move in a scripted music video format.

We featured some very contentious cultures which are hitting the scene in South Africa, The Isikhothane's (recently featured on ETV in a very negative light), who battle for fashion, Spinning, where people meet up with hotted up cars on weekends and perform mad tricks to entertain crowds of people in public spaces and the new Primal Stof music scene lead by Dirty Paraffin. This video was for one half of Dirty Paraffin, Okmalumkoolkat and this is his second single to go out with LV following in the footsteps of the successful 'Boomslang' in 2010.

With tons of support from Miles Goodall who was the cinematographer on the video and his many contacts, including Media Films services who supplied us with the amazing Ari Alexa to shoot the video on and The Refinery who finished and colored the project (Thanks Terry Simpson, your amazing).

Many Thanks to Malcolm Che at Voltaire for making the cut as poignant and to the track as he did. Without him this video would never have been a success! 

I got to work and work with some amazing guys from Orange Farm and Everton townships South of Johannesburg including Sello Modiga who was our fixer and unit producer and a whole bunch of amazing performers who he helped connect me with.

Directed by. Chris Saunders
Produced by. Olga Grigorova & Chris Saunders
Director of photography. Miles Goodall 
Edited by. Malcolm Che' (Voltaire)
Colorist. Terry Simpson (The Refinery)
Executive Producer. Linda Notelovitz 
Unit Producer. Sello Modiga 
Wardrobe and art direction: Jamal Nxedlana
1st Camera Assistant. Lee Goodall 
Grip. Tyler Geldenhuys
DIT. Frances VJ 
Stills Photography. Michael Magagane & Frances VJ
Camera & Grips Equipment sponsored and supplied by. Media Film Service (Johannesburg)

Monday, 11 June 2012

Cape Town Tattoo Convention 2012 - Red Bulletin

Daniel from Mob Inc. Tattoo's

Earlier this year I was commissioned by Red Bulletin magazine to shoot portraits of an array of talented as well as famous Tattoo Artists and fans with well illustrated bodies. Here are the shots.

CT 2012

A group of Artists from Class Rock Tattoo's in Austria

Derma Donna, Amsterdam

Jonathan Barker, Fallen Heroes Tattoo's Johannesburg and yes that is his Tongue 

Steve and Art Godoy (USA), twin brothers famous for their illustrious music career and Tattoo technology. 

Daniel from Mob inc. Tattoo's Cape Town

Tom Yak, New Jersey USA. 

Russel Hatton

Colin Hedderick, Professional Punk. 

Erica Fiannes (USA) Artist at eyecandy tattoo and Shaun Nel (RSA) Artist at Kings Avenue in NYC a Tattoo'd and Tattoo Artist couple. 

Daniel from Mob Inc. in Cape Town with his muse Robyn.

Annue Brookstone, editor Obrigado magazine

MJ Turpin, Artist

Scary Mary, Professional Drag Queen and Tattoo obsessive 

Gabriella Katz (South Africa) Anona Miss Beauty Emporium

Pippa; Sekwa and Elio Tshabalala, A tattoo'd family (Little Elio had fake Tattoo's BTW)

Milo (South Africa) Artist at Mr Lucky Tatoos