We arrived late afternoon in the sun drenched city, the surroundings wrapped with a soft golden haze. My favourite time of the day, when even the most unsightly buildings take on a charm they don’t seem to have in any other light. It’s not often that I find myself in Johannesburg CBD, but there’s something about walking around just for the sake of it with no real agenda or constraints, simply soaking up the sights and sounds of a place nearby but quite unfamiliar. It’s an added bonus when you get to do this with a person who appreciates it too (and happens to be rather photogenic).
This is Richard Williamson, in the heart of the city he loves best.
This is my lovely friend Bonnie, the girl who’s sunshine personified, bringing joy wherever she sets foot. She’s also got impeccable taste, so it goes without saying that the clothes she’s wearing are all her own. We spent the day wandering through the character-filled streets of Melville, the place where you’ll find a little bit of everything. Bonnie fit right in.
This photograph was taken in Umhlanga a while back during a holiday. The two figures are my mother and her friend, who braved the chill of the early morning waves. I still remember how the light rain felt on my skin, as I stood on the edge of the beach watching them (while trying to keep my camera dry with my jacket.) I’m glad I stayed behind this time to just enjoy the view, because otherwise I wouldn’t have taken this photograph – and it’s the one that I love the most from that trip. I find there’s always an element of compromise when it comes to capturing a memory versus participating in it fully. I’ll never know what the water felt like at that moment, how alive they must have felt while all around them was ocean. But if I did know, I’d never have witnessed this, I wouldn’t be writing these words right now. It’s a compromise. Sometimes, it’s worth it.
(Unrelated to the above musings: it’s been incredibly long since I last posted, and I honestly have no excuse. I won’t go into details now but things are in the pipeline and hopefully it won’t be long until I’m updating regularly again.)