05 May They Know
The other day, someone told me that they thought I was a Capetonian. I was like “Hell no!” (no offense Capetonians), “Why the hell would you think that?” I retorted. They pointed out that my Instagram photos and outfit posts of Johannesburg felt somewhat exploratory and like the kind of point of view someone who recently moved to Johannesburg would have as they discovered Johannesburg for the first time. When I think of it, she was right. I am rediscovering and re-appreciating (I am aware that is not a word) Johannesburg. Like any relationship, friendship or whatever, this city requires you to keep re-falling (also not a real word) in love with it again and again because even though it is the most interesting, friendliest and open city in South Africa – it is also mean, in a tough-love kinda way, and it can feel monotonous and small, which can be frustrating.
Regardless, since my Pink Lyte days (actually before that! I was that Pretoria girl who was in Jhb every weekend during university), I have been in love with Joburg. I find it to have a friendly temperament in the realest way and shooting outfit posts at dusk and dawn has not only afforded me the pleasure of seeing this place lit beautifully, but has also allowed me to engage with some interesting folks on the streets of Joburg. Camera’s bring people together. I really believe this. Lol