It sounds like a Hollywood script. A Joburg architect on holiday in Cape Town commits a misdemeanour and is sentenced to three months' community service. Not wanting to have to return to Cape Town, he proposes to the court that he contribute to a community closer to home.He comes up with the idea of working with a children's shelter to train youngsters how to take photographs with disposable cameras....Read the rest of the article here.
...Miskien was dit net die motivering wat ek gekort het," skerts hy. Aanvanklik het 15 kinders hul nuwe mentor uitgetoets. "Hulle was maar skepties. Ek moes hul vertroue wen. Dis kinders wat eintlik net verwerping ken. Elke Maandagmiddag vanaf Junie 2009 het ek sowat drie uur lank saam met hulle Hillbrow se strate ingevaar en hulle geleer hoe om anders na die wereld te kyk. Ons het geborgde weggooibare kameras gekry; baie van die kinders het nog nooit 'n kamera vasgehou nie. Dit het my 'n kick gegee dat van hulle duisende kere deur dieselfde straat geloop het en dan iets nuuts raakgesien het.Read the rest of the article here.
Seeing the words "shot" and "Jo'burg" in one sentence is, sadly, not unusual for South Africans. Jozi is a rough city with a rough crowd and life on the streets aint easy for the kids of Hillbrow, one of the city's most notorious suburbs.
It's therefore a relief to discover that "I Was Shot in Joburg" is a victim's testimony of the more positive variety. It's an initiative by the non-profit Studio_Bernard Viljoen Foundation that is giving street children a creative platform.Read the rest of the article on Design Indaba
I've always been fascinated with snapshot photographs. For me, they capture a second in a life lived without any pretence or posed stylisation. If there's one study that I would like to do, it would be on the art of looking. How do we perceive our environment? How do others see the environment that I create? What lasting impact does my environment have on another's perspective?
...To my delight, "I was shot in Joburg :-)" brings snapshots of Johannesburg's streets to everybody from the perspective of Hillbrow's former street children.Read the rest of the article on Visi
Dodging the guy engrossed by his phone and speeding up when we lost sight of familiar faces, the impenetrable wall of people made it impossible to avoid rubbing shoulders with the faceless masses. Exhaust fumes permeated the air as taxis weaved in and out of the traffic with hooters blaring, vying for attention. The energy was exhilarating … welcome to our Hillbrow.
We'd joined Killarney's Bernard Viljoen – who describes himself as 'a taller than average white man, a self-taught photographer and a boereseun with an edge' – on one of his Monday afternoon jaunts.Read the rest of the article
Today though, I'm talking to Bernard about his involvement with the Twilight Children shelter for street kids in Hillbrow, Johannesburg. It was only a few months ago when I met with him in Rosebank for Savannas, where he showed me the website and project he was working on entitled, I was shot in Jo'burg. This was the evolution of his initial community service program, jo'burg on monday afternoons, ...Read the rest of the article here
I first noticed the "I was shot in Joburg" initiative at Market on Main a couple of weeks ago. At the time it seemed interesting, but I paid some closer attention to this initiative after seeing an exhibition of their work at the Mosaiek Church in Fairlands last week. It turns out that this initiative is more than just interesting, and it's something I'd like to share with you...Read the rest of the article here
It sounds like a Hollywood script. A Joburg architect on holiday in Cape Town commits a misdemeanour and gets sentenced to three months community service. Not wanting to have to return to Cape Town he proposes to the court that he contribute to a community closer to home. He comes up with the idea to work with a children's shelter to train youngsters in how to take photographs with disposable cameras. The plan is to work towards an exhibition of their work after three months. ...Read the rest of the article here