Sometimes I just wonder whats going to happen to all the selfies , the amount of data, the storage, the archive of compulsive documenting of every moment ? What will ever end up being printed?
"The importance of (collective) identity for a study of suffering becomes very evident through Oveis, Horberg and Keltner’s (2010) work on compassion in relation to perceived “self-other similarity”. They describe how compassion and empathy are more likely felt towards people with a perceived similarity. Compassion may less likely to be felt towards socially different people, including those who are portrayed as such in mediated messages of distant suffering."
i.e - sensational images of poverty therefore do NOTHING !
@dunetilley , is a seventeen year old photographer that I interviewed for #UnSettled today. It was thought provoking to spend time with someone born after 1994 , and discuss the social realities of being white in South Africa today . Extract from interview : "I think it is very confusing being South African, I am also Jewish, which I am very proud of , I wear that label with pride but I think about it a lot, what it means to be South African. There is kind of a shame no that'...s the wrong word , a lot of guilt about being part of a white minority that have been so oppressive. It is not something I am proud of at all. I myself have done nothing to contribute towards that oppression yet I benefit completely from it, that is something that really messes with me. Also that there are people in the same world as me, as young white people that are so angry about the fact that people are now becoming more woke. The only way you can grapple with it and manoeuvre it especially as a young person, I know my opinion is going to change 100 times by the time I settle on something… but you have to embrace the wrongs of the past and try and be as respectful as possible to the disgruntlement and anger. If someone is angry with me for being white I never contest it. It never gets on my nerves, because I completely get it . I personally don’t understand how after Apartheid ended there wasn’t a full civil unrest. I have formed the opinion that it should have been a lot more aggressive in terms of the taking back of land and the taking back of authority and the taking back of power and taking back of businesses … the fact that FW De Klerk got a Nobel Prize makes me think about the whole rainbow nation thing is just a fabricated story. " more to follow . To participate in this multimedia intervention exploring white South Africans conceptions of belonging direct message me . #photography #documentary #SouthAfrica #unpackingwhiteness #identitypolitics #youth #bornfree #instagram #everydayafrica #portrait @oliviaoliviarose
Our solar powered cinema Sunshine Cinema www.sunshinecinema.org is planning a big screening tour next year from Cape Town to Nairobi and we looking for sites to partner with on screenings of African films.
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For the next few weeks I am working on a book with @mamelaniprojects in relation to the work they do with #youthdevelopment . They provide support and opportunities to young people who have grown up in Child and Youth Centres - focusing on the transitioning age of when they turn 18. Growing up in institutional care often leaves many young people dependent on the "the system". Mamelani aids these young people in learning skills and accessing opportunities to prepare them for t...heir new lives when they leave the centers . I worked with Stella today (pictured on the left) who was part of this program. She was born in DRC and came to South Africa when she was ten. She recently began studying clothing and textile management and hopes to return to Congo one day and open a clothing store . She says :" I am the first daughter in my family to attend university and I also want to be the first to finish it". #textile #africancloth #documentary #youthvoices #portrait thank you to @antstrack and #prorental for your assistance with lighting. I photographed Stella with cloth from Kinshasa that I bought there last year . #kinshasa #drc #congo . I met Lewis earlier in the week (pictured right). He was also born in DRC and has been in South Africa since he was ten. He is 21 now and learning business entrepreneurship and working on opening a coffee shop. He also teaches capoeira to young children in Samora Machel. He reflects: "my journey has taught me it doesn't help to lose yourself in a problem or difficulty . Rather focus on the things you enjoy, the things that bring you happy moments. It's easy to be deep in a problem and forget your values and who you are". @kalombolewis thank you for your inspiring words. I photographed Lewis in front of a Rubber Tree in company gardens due to its significance in DRC .
When I was a student at Market Photo Workshop they organised us press passes to photograph the Joy of Jazz festival in Newtown in 2007. It was my first and last time seeing greats like Miriam Makeba and Stimela perform. Forever remembered for their talents, their fire, thank you for the music. Rest in peace Ray Phiri.
Exciting times at Makhulu, we are growing and looking for a full time video editor trained in Final Cut or Premiere with a substantial knowledge of After Effects based in Cape Town. We have some new projects and campaigns on the go that require the editing storytelling and crafting skills of someone passionate about social justice in Africa. Fluency in at least 2 South African languages is required. Knowledge of French is an added bonus! Salary dependent on experience level. Please email email@example.com and cc firstname.lastname@example.org with your CV and showreel by Thursday 20th Ju ly 😎dive in, join us in telling stories that matter. www.makhulu.co.za