I have recently teamed up with Cape Town based Fashion photographer, Tegan Smith for a photo shoot for the Remake Challenge, a fashion and object sustainable design competition held in Cape Town. Tegan is known for her amazing work and partnerships with the best fashion bloggers, SA has to offer. Most of her work has been with Cape Town Fashion Blogger, Aisha Baker from Baked The Blog.
I needed a photographer to capture the Remake Challenge winners and their designs and i immediately thought of working with her. I worked with her on a fashion event before and knew that she would be perfect for this job and perfect she was. She chose The Range in Tokai in Cape Town for the shoot, a beautiful outdoor venue that has tons of large trees and mountain backdrops. The shoot went off smoothly as she is such a pro at what she does.
Here are a few shots that made the cut:
As you can see, the pictures are amazing. Seeing that the venue was a first for me, i asked Tegan to capture my #SideSelfieSeries.
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Famous Scotch Whisky brand, Ballantine’s teamed up with house music legend and Producer, Black Coffee for an inspiring short film titled: ‘Black Coffee’s Human Orchestra’. Using Ballantine’s global mantra, ‘Stay True’. This film series sees influences from around the globe as they bring their own story to life, performing innovative, creative and artistic experiments centered around their passions, philosophies and talent.
The latest film, shot in and around Johannesburg (Soweto and Maboneng), illustrates Back Coffee’s passion, creativity and ‘Stay True’ spirit of continuous experimentation with music. The film opens with Black Coffee’s own back-story and beliefs around life, music and creation, before we see him assemble a group of vocalists from across Africa. The climax of the film is an experiment which defines Black Coffee’s ambition as an artist; an impressive feat to deconstruct one of his most famous electronic music productions, ‘Rock My World’, recreating it using only the vocal abilities ofhis 40 strong choir.
Watch this clip to see how amazing it is:
We all have those days, where it starts off great and ends in this major anticlimax. I had one of those this past weekend, where the day started great but as life shows us who is in control with unfortunate events we are just left to wonder why, we are left to pick up the pieces. I was at a police station on Saturday night, arrived there at about 6pm after i heard that my big brother got arrested for a DUI. Alcohol limit in South Africa is at 0.05% and he was a little over due to having drinks at a friends birthday lunch that day.
Concerned and frustrated that this has happened, my parents and my 3 other siblings rushed to the police station. They locked him up and informed us that he is having a asthma attack. I think it was probably a panic attack but nonetheless i feared for him. The look on my parents faces was something i wish to never put them through or see again; they looked sad, stressed and full of fear. I felt angry that he put them in that situation.
No one wants to put their parents through such trauma and distress? No, i was wrong. While standing and waiting for almost 8 hours at the police station, i saw numerous elderly mothers and fathers distraught and scared for their sons. Sons who are on drugs or have been caught up with violence, men who have robbed or killed. Men who have robbed their families of joy and peace, all because of their actions which they could have controlled.
I still can’t get over the teary eyed mothers, clenching their fists between their legs or seeing fathers lower their heads in shame and worry. What did these elderly folks do to deserve this pain and stress in their lives, especially at this stage. They should have been home, in bed and not there on those cold benches, waiting to be attend to at 1pm.
Then i got angry. Angry at the world, angry at my brother for making this ridiculous choice and angry at our youth for their decisions.
I think the South African Police system is so unnecessary and in need of serious adjustments. They need to be more helpful and they need to lose their attitudes. I also think that young men should reevaluate their lives often. Drugs is not an option to explore, violence is not the only answer and that hurting the innocent who are undeserving of being hurt should come to a stop.
Prison is not a pleasant place and it’s not just hurtful to you who goes but hurtful to the people around you that care about you. It affects us all.