Cape Town, Day Two

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Boy did I ever get a taste of the diversity of this place! We started the morning with another visit to the slums to collect some location and landscape photos. Sunrise was a little splotchy, but I feel like we got some decent shots. I was particularly struck by the uniformed kids walking to school in this setting every day.

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I expected to get a lot more unfriendly looks from strangers upset that I am taking their picture, but I’m becoming convinced that that mentality is largely foreign to people outside of the developed world. These kids were the best example of unfiltered trust. I was shooting something else when one kid peered around the corner, saw my camera, and immediately struck a pose and told his friends. Less than 30 seconds later they were al charging at me eager to see the picture on the back of my camera. They weren’t interested in posting it on their Instagram account. They simply enjoyed the moment and were grateful for the fun that it was.

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We had some time to kill after our first visit to the slums this morning, so Jedd took me on the scenic route back. It was my first real taste of the beauty here. The contrast between rich and poor is so pronounced here, it’s hard to wrap your mind around it.

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We shot three individuals today, each one completely different from the next. We had plenty of time with each one of them, so I made a point to slow down and really focus on capturing the right imagery for each story. Yesterday I felt like I only nailed two of the four people we shot. Fifty percent is not exactly the odds I was hoping for, but today we were sending the ball over the fence every time. Everyone was contributing to the project (ideas, voice-activated light stands, setting the mood, etc.) and the end result was better than any of us could have done on our own.

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What began as another day in the slums eventually ended with us on a boat in a beautiful sun bathed harbor. Kinda makes it hard to know what to make of this place, but I’m enjoying the variety and the challenge of it.

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Once again, it’s late, and I’m tired. Not sure I’ll ever have a day where I blog about everything we did, but then again it’s nice to have plenty of material for future posts. Here’s a few BTS photos taken by Janelle yesterday.

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More to come!

5 thoughts on “Cape Town, Day Two

  1. I can’t fathom the contrasts you are experiencing; seems almost impossible to wrap my mind around it.
    Glad you were able to get some” Mud Quality” shots. Loved the one with guy and sewing machine!
    Looking forward to next post!

  2. Yes, the one with the sewing machine was my favorite as well. So interested in learning more about this. In due time. Take care!

  3. Mud, those kids may not actually know what they look like or see their faces very often. My friend Jenny had one of the same experiences of kids wanting their picture taken but not actually knowing which one of them in the photo they were. She said one boy looked at a picture on her camera, then looked down at his own clothes and looked back at the picture realizing it was him. I thought that was precious and so unbelievable, especially in our selfie society. The kid photo is my favorite.

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