Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Workshop Newtown Portraits

Fashion Designer AYA
A selection of portraits shot for a new market in Johannesburg, South Africa called Workshop Newtown. I was commissioned by Source SA / Southern Guild to document some of their amazing tenants in the new Workshop Newtown development, part of the Newtown Junction mall. Some of South Africa's top Fashion Designers and personalites have opened spaces selling their wares. 

Papama Ramogase, Fashion Editor of Destiny Magazine and creator / designer for her children clothing brand Butter Pudding

Stylist and Hat Designer, Crystal Birch and her new shop clerk.

2nd Hand clothier, Dr. Pachanga

Designer, Maria McCloy

Owner and designer of Pichulik, Katherine-Mary 

Owner & Designer of Vernac, Dennis Chuene

Wolf + Maiden Constructing their space

Jacques & Bradley / Black Coffee & Love Jozi

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Treben Scarves

A shoot for Trebene Scarves from early 2015 which somehow went under the radar and I never posted it. Rather late than never.

 Styled by Francois Ferreira 
Make Up by Amy Anstey

Thursday, 26 November 2015

The Collectiv3 - Nataal Media - Lagos, Nigeria

“Temi Dollface is the Joan of Arc of Nigerian music.” So proclaims Ikon, who is sitting to my right in a Lagos hotel bar. Temi Dollface, sitting to my left, blushes sweetly. He’s not wrong. As the first lady of The Collectiv3, she and the rest of the eight-strong group of independent musicians and producers are leading the charge into new territory that goes beyond mainstream naijapop and battles for authentic sounds that speak to a global audience. This ambitious rallying cry rings true on their self-titled debut album, which is available as a free download and offers up cutting edge music in a scene often chastised for commercial mediocrity.
“Nigeria’s official country motto is ‘Unity and Diversity’ but there’s not much of that in the music industry right now,” says Temi. “The Collectiv3 is a movement of artists who share a creative telepathy and are coming together to stand up and make a difference. There’s a kinship you can hear in the music.”
Ikon first came up with the idea of an alternative supergroup over three years ago. “I wanted to unite likeminded artists who push the envelope and call it Free Spirits but it didn’t happen because of all the individual projects we had going on,” the Syndik8 Records founder recalls. “So fast forward to this year and we’re still collaborating. Then Chin (Okeke, executive producer and A&R for the project) got involved and successfully played the part of the suit. As musicians we’re always spending time tweaking songs and being perfectionists. So he came in and said ‘Look, let’s stop jamming and put this stuff out!’”

Text extract from Nataal Media, See the rest of the article written by Helen Jennings 

Destiny Man - Poolside Fashion Editorial

Photographic Assistant: Lesedi Mothoagae
Photographic Intern: Jenna Cristofoli 
Fashion Editor: Mpumi Sinxoto
Fashion Assistants: Palesa Matlebyane, Obakeng Thage, Megan Hatte & Zane Melani 
Grooming: Kelly Fuchs 
Model: Arshad Dean @ Boss Models 
Location: Poolside in The Maboneng Precinct (Warren 082 754 9745) 

Monday, 9 November 2015

OKZHARP - Album Artwork

Images shot during the filming of the OKZHARP - Dear Ribane music video which have been used for the Hyperdub - Dumela 113 EP release artwork. 

The Artwork was designed by Optigram. 
Photographs by Chris Saunders 

Friday, 2 October 2015

OKZHARP - Dear Ribane feat. Manthe Ribane Music Video (HYPERDUB)

Its been months in the pipeline and we can finally start talking about the new OKZHARP - Dear Ribane music video released  by Hyperdub Records. The track is the debut vocal performance for Manthe Ribane who is well known for her incredible dance performances along side Die Antwoord and VINTAGE Dance crew in the past. She has also been gaining fame in the art world in South Africa with her family collective and home studio Dear Ribane 113. It was a pleasure to be part of a great team once again, with Deon van Zyl behind the lens and later editing.

This is an ongoing artistic collaboration between myself and OKZHARP and adds another new piece of work with Manthe who is an ongoing inspiration and artistic collaborator (NOTXCS). This video takes you in to a pure performance realm, links to our full length video artwork Ghost Diamond but focusses on the artist Manthe and her incredible words, relevant dance moves and symbolic outfits. 

The video is out today on Hyperdub Records. 

Directed by Chris Saunders
Edited by Deon van Zyl 
Cinematography Deon van Zyl 
Styling and Make-up Manthe Ribane 

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Destiny Man - Denim Editorial

For the new Denim Editorial for Destiny Man magazine we decided to feature the clothing on the workers of the cult hat brand Simon & Mary. Iconifying real men in denim, made famous for its practicality and strength in the work place. All this combined with the classic hat designs of the Simon & Mary brand. 

The 100 year old factory, still owned by the Pozniac family and in its original location in Germiston Johannesburg. The factory runs off a coal furnace which powers the steam driven plant which they use to mould the felt the hats are made from. 

The subjects in the images all kept the denim they where dressed after the shoot as a thank you. 

CT 2015 

Sunday, 13 September 2015

The Social Market PTA & Nataal Media Launch

With the launch of the new website Nataal, I headed out to document the overwhelming fashion spectacle at The Social Market PTA. The market started by Fashion Rebels leader Maitele Wawe, a fashion designer and entrepeneur. 

The market happens on the first of every month in Pretoria. Its a great place to thrift, meet other like minded people and enjoy the fashion spectacles on display as well as some good music. 

See the new Nataal website at 

CT 2015