I love taking photos of people. I love it that everytime I take photos I am creating something unique because every person is different and every interaction is never the same. Every opportunity to capture moments of magic – those little nuances and shared emotions of human nature – is a joy to me, an opportunity to stop time in its tracks and share a moment that can last forever.

festival of life

04 October 2013

When I was approached to photograph this uMembeso I was excited and apprehensive in equal amounts. While I understood the festive affair involved the rollout of a set of orchestrated rituals I was totally in the dark with how it would all unfold and how I would manage to capture every bit of activity as the story came together. The brief was to snap away every aspect of the proceedings and I would not have had it any other way. The day’s events started against a large expanse of blue African sky which partnered perfectly with the visual display of colour in motion as the guests sung and danced their way through the celebrations. The excitement was almost tangible and at times I found myself unwittingly swaying to the sound of a beating drum or smiling in return to the hum of a joyfully melodic song. It was a beautiful, action -packed handful of hours that still has me smiling as I write this. I feel grateful for the experience and the opportunity to capture something so uniquely interesting and culturally enriching.

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