Beach Portraits

I moved from Johannesburg to Cape Town 4 months ago, exactly 116 days ago.  The day I moved I only had one thought…”yes”. Yes, yes, yes, yes. The yes train takes you anywhere you want to go, all you have to do is buy a ticket.  So the first ticket I bought was to the beach.

There are as many beaches in Cape Town as there are personalities.  You get Clifton 4th beach, which is like the popular boy in school; plenty of fun but always surrounded by too many people. Then there are beaches like the ones in Muizenburg and Kalk Bay. They resemble that quirky red haired girl named Wendi (with an “I”), whose mysterious air attracts the kind of people who listen to bands that no one else has heard of.   When choosing a beach in Cape Town, it all boils down to the tenor and mood of the day.

Coming from a land locked city, the concept of a body of water is so far out that its right next to the ideas of mermaids and talking fish. Every time I’m near the ocean, I’m mesmerized by the tension of the waves. How the push and pull of energy builds up and then breaks. I think that people gravitate towards it to ease that tension within themselves. The people that I photographed were not at the beach to be seen.  Just like me, they were looking for the kind of release that only a brooding sea of water could give the spirit.

Normally I’m very weary about taking my camera to the beach. The sand has a thing for my camera and it’s hard for me to keep them apart.  When I took these photographs I don’t really know what I was expecting, but I knew that I didn’t want to shoot typical sun kissed beach photographs. I guess, every time I take a photograph, I hope to go beyond any preconceptions.  Its been quite a while since I shot just portraits. I’ve really missed photographing people and how they simultaneously interact with and react to their environment.

I went to the sea and this is what I saw.


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3 comments

John
Love your pics to death...keep em coming
Mapodile
Mapodile
Thank you :) i'll keep posting, if you promise to return
Bheki Kunene
I really like the images with the train tracks in them. Write up is also ok I guess. Hope you doing well.

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