Feb 26, 2013

Fine Art exhibition shoot - 'Absence'.

A few weeks ago I took some catalog and publicity shots for MFA student Amie Tarr. The exhibition 'Absence', was a one night only affair at the now nonoperational Grahamstown railway station.

'Absence' references the Blaaukraantz Bridge disaster by means of a site-specific installation, comprising sculptures in clay, porcelain and concrete; drawings and text in clay slip; and sensory elements such as sound and smell.

On the 22nd of April 1911 a train was travelling from Port Alfred to Grahamstown, transporting five carts of sandstone, one cart of pineapples and four carriages containing fifty0five passengers. As the train rounded a corner en route for the Blaaukraantz Bridge, the fourth stone truck derailed, causing the rear of the train to plummet to the bottom of the gorge. Twenty-nine of the fifty-five passengers died amongst the train wreckage, stone and pulped fruit. 

Feb 21, 2013

Ubom! Drama Company Studio Shoot.

Ubom is an award winning developmental drama company based in the Eastern Cape. Ubom!  does amazing productions aimed at diverse audiences - kids, convicts, theatre toffs, old age homes, rural communities, academics, students and the list goes on. Often funny, always professional and always challenging I have been photographing the Company for nine years (last year I exhibited some of my work, titled Ubom! Stage to Paper at the National Arts Festival). At the beginning of each year we do a studio session with the new performers and staff that have joined. It is always a laugh, huge fun and only fleetingly serious. Check out some of the images below!
Big thanks to Ubom!, Janet Buckland, Daniel Buckland, Rob "Ugly Bob" Murray, Sifiso Sikhakhane and the Ubom performers/facilitators.

Ubom! Performers/facilitators (L to R) Seneliso Dladla, Silulami Lwana, Thami Baba, Elisha Mudly, Megan van Wyk, Zenzelisphesihle “Sparky” Xulu

Ubom Cast with Director and Training Consultant, Rob "Ugly Bob" Murray.

Ubom cast. Bettie and the Yettie.

Ubom Cast with Bettie and the Yettie director Daniel Buckland in a rare moment of seriousness.

The two directors: Daniel Buckland and Rob "Ugly Bob" Murray.

Pretty much the whole crew

Zenzelisphesihle “Sparky” Xulu

Elisha Mudly

Megan van Wyk

Seneliso Dladla