Promo video created for Quazi Design, Swaziland - a cutting edge crafts company that uses waste magazines and paper to create jewellery and accessories. The "cutting edge" part must have been intended as a pun but shouldn't detract from the fact that they really do create some outstanding design pieces from waste material - a medium often associated with bottle-top earrings and plastic bag mini-skirts.
The difference is in the design and hence the video we put together to show off a few of the key elements to a company that works to balance innovative, attractive and commercially-viable design with providing sustainable incomes and skill sets for Swazi women.
I remember reading somewhere that the quality of a photographer is judged by how much they throw away.
I was doomed.
So over the years, I've been honing my discipline with regards to deleting photos. However, in one of these culling sessions I came across a photo that should have ceased to exist years ago. Fortunately it didn't and after playing around with it for a while I came up with an image I'm now pretty fond of.
What a great lesson not only in why there's sometimes a good reason for holding on to things, but also in portraiture.
When taking photos for a mountain bike challenge, one rider came off his bike in front of me. With no way to assess the damage, he asked me to take a photo of him so he could look at himself on the camera.
Praying Mantises (or is it "Mantii") aren't uncommon in Swaziland and this one only caught my eye because it was relatively large and I because I needed a subject to try and my new Kodak point and shoot (which also happened to be my first ever camera). It wasn't until about 3 snaps into the photo session that I realised the mantis had something in its mouth.
I submitted this photo to the (then) BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition in the Animal Portraits category I think. Needless to say, I had absolutely no idea how to properly prepare an image for a competition and I think that, instead of reducing the file size slightly, I converted all my images into small thumbnails. Anyway, this shot actually reached the semi-finals.
Would it have made the finals had it been taken with a better camera? Who knows? All I know is that it was about a metre from my front door.
Prompted by the sudden loss of Etran Finatawa founding member, Bagui Bouga, I thought I'd dust off some photos of the band in 2009.
To this day, people still talk about that concert and the video I took on the night doesn't stop shaking because there was no way of standing still.
In December 2012, MTN Bushfire Festival of the Arts submitted a proposal called Talking Doors to the Prince Claus Fund call for proposals from Africa. Soon after submitting the proposal, MTN Bushfire began a partnership with Yebo! ArtReach to plan and design the Talking Doors Installation. In May MTN Bushfire was selected as a recipient of the prestigious Prince Claus Grant. MTN Bushfire and Yebo! ArtReach worked closely in conceptualizing, contextualizing, designing, and constructing the 4-room interactive art installation to be opened at the festival. Talking Doors was designed to facilitate audience engagement with the festival theme 'Bring Your Fire' – igniting a collective response for positive change.
Prompted by my colleagues, I managed to catch this girl with her incredible eyes moments before we were completely surrounded by excited children and she disappeared into the crowd
We're going quite far back to a video I made in 2009. Etran Finatawa are a Nigerien group composed of Tuareg and Wodaabe musicians - something that helps define their place in what is now a very popular genre, Desert Blues.
They've recently released a new album, "Sahara Sessions", which is definitely worth lending an ear to.
The songs on the following video are from their previous album "Desert Crossroads"
Here's a music video I made with Sotho Sounds, a music group from Malealea in Lesotho. We presented this to celebrate the release of their debut album Junk Funk in October 2012. Enjoy!
I've included a translation from the seSotho.
There are horses in the fields.
There are aeroplanes.
Please, please, please,
Don't be sad.
For if she who cares for the orphans is sad,
the children will be in the darkest place.
What will they eat?
The Trust (*Malealea Development Trust*), it is important to help the orphans and the poor,
To build schools,
God help us.
We are alive and we survive.
We are only asking for luck,
And where to get a better life.
God has what we have asked for.
God says that I am weeping.
He should help me to wipe my tears,
And those of the children.
And a little bit of behind the scenes...
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