Statement: “The Rainbow photo series presents confusion through details, shifting its focus of historical and everyday cultural cross-sections of South African society between the abstract and the particular. I hope to illustrate the cross-pollination of South African societies and the confusion that develops in constructing identity within these.
I compose these disparate details in past, present and future flashes of a puzzled country which we now have to re-imagine or remove if we are to understand one another.
As a photographer, however, I can walk a thin line between these sides. This line exposes, extrapolates and or even exploits the confusion of people lost in the shouting and finger-pointing with the hopes that we will find an equitable, if not strange, understanding of one another.
Although all images are moments captured, not staged, Rainbow is not documentary but, rather, pure invention, a fluid interpretation of place and time that will continue to evolve as our country wrestles to find its voice. The series does not attempt to capture any particular event, but rather the everyday conditions that ultimately lead to historical events.
I position myself in key geographical and social areas of transition; highlighting the lines of contrast when racialised consciousness dominates a society’s peoples, landscapes and structures. My response to the noise is to quietly walk where the everyday person walks and to engage with our diverse physical structures ranging from resolutely Colonial and Apartheid-era to the distinctly post-modern. The result is a catalogue of cultures in transition, traces of the familiar alongside the peculiar, and the formation of post-Colonial and Apartheid identities in a landscape as diverse as its peoples.