You are invited to a solo exhibition of 20 plus portraits of people on Durban’s South Beach by John Robinson that runs for four weeks at artSPACE durban. SOUTH BEACH runs from 19 January 2015 to 14 February 2015 at 3 Millar Street Durban, South Africa.
I have just taken a step away from my FB page. On FaceBook, among the sprinkling of news and actual pictures from actual lives of actual family and friends, we face down a visual storm of visual, audio and textual noise, clatter that I am thinking that I will be better off without…
I live in a world, one that is brimming with competing media of which a large % is visual clutter. As a social doc photographer I take care with moments, when I release the cloth shutter it is with a singular moment in mind, one that I wish to share or represent as a photograph – A moment that needs another moment, one uncluttered by noise to be fully realised.
I will for my part ‘share’ only from my own actual life, and ‘course less space for noise in our collective lives. It has become so easy to snap n share but it is not so easy to realise. The difficulty is no longer in the developing of the photographic image but in finding the space just to ingest these ‘moments’ thrust upon us all…
And hope that in turn I gain more moments for these photographic moments of my own.
Jika Joe is an informal settlement in the heart of the city of Pietermaritzburg. The people in this community built their homes here to be close to jobs in the city.
The area has been plagued with fires that jump from house to house. These fires have forced some people to live in tents on a local sports field.
The ANC led City of Pietermaritzburg has provided prefab temporary housing units alongside the homes that the community built, the city’s plan is to remove the community from the area and one day move the people to formal housing that will be far from these peoples jobs.
I am now working on the the final touches to my latest social documentary photography project – Jika Joe – I will upload images shortly… JR