Formerly 'Rambling with a cantankerous old mule"
Yesterday I was in Soweto (South Africa) to take photos for one of Johannesburg Child Welfare’s facilities. I find myself in the townships around Johannesburg quite regularly, and I would hate my photos to become hackneyed – with each township’s images indistinguishable from the previous one’s.
But as I was driving to the children’s home I was fortunate enough to see a few character-filled, graffitied walls down a side street – images like none that I’d taken around here before. And so I turned off to capture them. I’m always amazed at how friendly people are in the townships too – smiling and welcoming to the out-of-place large white man with a camera wandering around their suburb.
Just after taking the last two images – of the Orlando Power Station cooling towers (with their large-scale wall art) – a violent storm hit the township, turning the streets into raging rivers. It was beautiful in its fury.
I’d love to return one day to do a more in-depth series …