JoziFolk - images of everyday life in South Africa


 30 questions and prompts you can ask people you photograph

 So you want to become part of the JoziFolk buzz and submit images of people you plan to photograph, along with their stories. But how do you get them to open up to you and talk.

 Everyone likes to feel that they are interesting and that people are interested in them so ask them questions that get them thinking. Below are some suggestions.

  1. Do you remember the happiest day of your life?
  2. Do you remember the saddest day?
  3. Describe who you are in one sentence.
  4. If you could be anything in life, what would that be?
  5. Is your life better or worse than it was in 1994?
  6. Can you recall a single event that changed the course of your life?
  7. What makes you stay in Johannesburg?
  8. Where would you live if you didn't live here and why?
  9. What is your greatest regret in life?
  10. What is the thing you have done that you are proudest of?
  11. Have you been a victim of crime or do you know someone who has?
  12. What do we need to do to fix this country?
  13. What is your biggest fear in life?
  14. What is the secret to a happy life?
  15. What is the key to success?
  16. If you could start over, what would you differently?
  17. Do whites have a future in South Africa?
  18. How would you like your life to look in 10 years time?
  19. When you're feeling sad what do you do to make yourself happy?
  20. Right now, at this moment, what do you want?
  21. Can you remember your first romantic kiss?
  22. Who do you have a crush on now?
  23. Do you think your children have a future here?
  24. What three things give you the greatest pleasure in life?
  25. How would the ideal South Africa look?
  26. If you were president for a week, what laws would you introduce?
  27. If you won the lottery what would you do?
  28. How would you like people to remember you and what would you like them to write on your gravestone?
  29. What do you still want to achieve in life?
  30. What are you going to do today to make yourself happy?

Questions can be adjusted for younger children but it's always interesting to get their views on "big issues".