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 May 2015

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Gotta do what you gotta do to earn a crust. Parkhurst, Johannesburg.

Coffin seller. Randfontein

Johannesburg CBD

Keeping watch. Braamfontein, Johannesburg

The game is rigged. Randfontein.

 For many Afrikaners, December 16 is the most significant day in their cultural history. It was on that day in 1838 that a small group of Voortrekkers inflicted a heavy defeat on the Zulu armies at Blood River. Previously known as the "Day of the Covenant", December 16 is now officially designated (by the new government) the "Day of Reconciliation".
 Every December 16, large numbers of Afrikaners (and others) gather at the Voortrekker Monument where, at exactly midday and only on that day, a beam of sunlight projects through the roof and onto the plinth.
 This shot was taken as the pool of light slowly moved up the plinth as midday approached.

Kiss my ass, baby!

Johannesburg, CBD


 "I'm originally from Zimbabwe where I was a teacher but things got so bad I came here to try to build a better life for my family. I make wire and beaded art and just sold this peacock so there'll be food on the table."

Where did you learn to do this?

 "Poverty is a great teacher!"


Oh Lord, why I am I trapped in this job?!

I grabbed this pic at a Game department store loading dock in Roodepoort, west of Johannesburg. Game is owned by Walmart.


Call me!


On the streets of Randfontein, South Africa.

I was taken by the irony of the situation of the people in the picture and the signs surrounding them.


Just trying to earn a living. Parkhurst, Johannesburg


On the streets of Johannesburg.



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Johannesburg, CBD. Lunch-hour workers.

  Johannesburg City centre

Fordsburg, Johannesburg.

Lunch break. Johannesburg, CBD.

Chance meeting of old friends. Brixton, Johannesburg


Johannesburg, CBD.

On the menu: braaied walkies*.

Streets of Johannesburg.
* barbecued chicken feet.
Young love at the Voortrekker Monument, Pretoria, South Africa.

"I have a job as a PA but have started a little side-business catering for childrens' parties. It's going pretty well and I have some big expansion plans."

Streets of Johannesburg.

"Are you taking my f***ing picture?"

Shoot first and ask forgiveness later.


 Car guards are an all-too-familiar sight in South Africa. These guys and gals eke out a living from the tips motorists give them for taking car of their cars.

 It must be a thankless job, yet most are pleasant and smiling.


Creative billboard in Johannesburg. Once these were common features in scrapyards.



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