In Transit: Johannesburg to the World

A week ago I got back from a 10 day excursion to Hong Kong, Guangzhou, and Dubai.  Now I love South Africa, but I’ve always wanted to be international, borderless and multi coastal, with the notion of ‘home’ being wherever my feet land. My hairs stand up when I think of the emotional transformation I’ve undergone these past few days.

As an artist, I’m always looking for inspiration, and this trip came just in time to show me that there is magic everywhere. Out there and right here. The magic is wherever you are. These photographs reflect that state of mind. Most of them where taken while I was in a cab, or as the subjects whizzed passed me. Everything was moving. Life was moving! This post is called “In Transit” and this refers not only to my physical escapades but to living outside of myself, as an observer. In this head space I feel my photographs are best, because they have absolutely nothing to do with me. 

 During my days of varsity, coming from a background of photojournalism, my photographic style has been quite technical. Movement is customarily done with a tripod, and sharpness is the closest thing to gold. The technical police would definitely have me tried for some of these photographs but they embody the whirlwind motion and transitory space I was in. I am forever changed. As a photographer, as a person and as an energy interacting with the energy of the world. There is nothing like constantly being in gear, whether on a airplane, on a train, on a subway, on a scooter, in a taxi and on my feet. The notion of standstill left 10 000km behind.

I love being in places where nobody speaks your language! where you’re using your hands, making strange sound effects and experiencing verbal dyslexia. Because the reality is, words don’t exist, there is only action. There is only LIFE!

Hong Kong is a metropolitan wonderland. Tall buildings, girls wearing stilettos like sneakers and a high fashion stores on every corner. People are on the move. Guangzhou on the other hand is like a gigantic flea market. EVERYTHING has a market: bags, watches, electronics, cosmetics, clothing, furniture, and a million of others I have yet to discover. For a girl like me, its utter paradise. There’s quiet elegance and then there’s a Dubai. I was only there for 23 hours  but the beauty of the UAE is unlike anything my eyes have seen. It truly is the stuff of fairytales. My word, the architecture is dreamlike! This multi-international hub of activity is stridently extravagant from their toilet seats to their airport.

I literally cried when I got back home because for the first time in 10 days I was…still. I realized that being in an unfamiliar space is my most comfortable state. In the unknown all you have is your spirit, your floating, borderless being.  You  become conscious of how, simultaneously, small you are in the greater world, and how immense you are as a force.

Travel is my soul.




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Cami Scoundrel
beautiful lady, your shots just keep getting better :)
These pics are too awesome! If i've said it once i've said it a hundred times! Some very cool photos!
Siyabonga Mthembu
You are living from your heart, its a blessing to witness.
Great work, looks absolutely amazingly. u're writing is incredibly insightful. keep going..:)
Sickening talent!
A kaleidescope of living. These stills capture all kinds of life.
Nontobeko Sibisi
You have a gift my friend, the kind that only God can give. Never stop, for stopping will only be an injustice to yourself, to us, the world and God that commissioned your journey.. Let Be Mkhabela and I forbid you to do other wise!

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