So this is where it gets really fun.
I recently spent the weekend working at the Bushfire festival in Swaziland as part of a larger installation organised by Yebo ArtReach. As part of Creative Beans we set up a section called "Out the Box" - an area where people could express themselves through dressing up.
The results were spectacular and the portraits below really don't do justice to the creative explosion that was going on inside that box.
It's worth bearing in mind that the subjects all only had about 3 or 4 minutes from start to finish.
Quazi Design is a small company based in Swaziland that make paper jewellery. And it's almost as simple as that - almost everything is made from recycled magazines.
I loved the fact that fashion magazines (although not exclusively) were themselves being transformed into fashion items.
I'm working on a promotional video for them (soon to be released).
more info: www.quazidesign.com
Monday morning and what better than a bit of boogie?
Here are two very different dancing clips from the Tshe-tsha Boys and Sotho Sounds respectively.
The Tshe-tsha boys are a dance group from the Shangaan Electro genre - a frenetic, high-powered dance genre from South Africa (recorded at the 2011 Bushfire Festival in Swaziland).
Sotho Sounds are a group I've been working with over the last two years with their own shoulder-jiggling style.
Which do you prefer?
Clowns without Borders South Africa do some of the most fantastic, original and refreshing work I have been lucky enough to experience. Well worth a look at their projects at www.cwbsa.org.
You can see more images from the short time I spent with them in the Clowns without Borders gallery.
The Malealea Development Trust began as a form of collecting together donations from tourists to Malealea Pony Trekking Lodge in Lesotho. The idea was to channel those donations into a structured community aid program and avoid the common problem of individual handouts from tourists.
I took advantage of my visit to the valley (to record Sotho Sounds) to compile a short video as an overview of the Trust's work in the community.
more info: www.malealeadevtrust.org
One of the most enjoyable aspects of following Clowns without Borders South Africa was the audience reaction. The children were very often squealing with laughter but part of the magic was in watching their expressions change and the different emotions they revealed - confusion, intrigue, wonder, curiosity, joy and even pity (for the clowns) at times.
And of course, with such a large number of children, you find so many different personalities - from the wild, excitable ones who leap up at every opportunity, to the quiet, reserved ones who reveal their emotions in a more introverted way.
Here is a selection of some of my favourite "faces" from the Vuka Mphakathi (Awakening the Community) programme in Swaziland.
I could be accused of removing all the fun from these photos by publishing them in black and white. I'm probably guilty but I think the true colour of the images is in their faces.
As part of the International Save the Children Conference in London (2010), we prepared a short montage of key projects undertaken by Save the Children Swaziland.
The three main items were:
more info: Facebook > Save the Children Swaziland
Save the Children Swaziland needed to provide image content for the annual review conference in London, 2009. We covered their three principal projects at the time; school feeding program, Neighborhood Care Points (NCPs) and Ses'Khona youth radio.
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