Co-published by Fourthwall Books and Photoworks, British photographer Jason Larkin’s new book titled ‘Waiting’ was launched last week in Johannesburg. The project was inspired by the photographer’s two-year stay in the golden city where he was struck by the continual reality of people waiting.
Internationally recognised for his long-term social documentary projects, environmental portraiture and landscape reportage, Jason’s new book features the people of Johannesburg seeking shelter from the blazing heat of the African sun by positioning themselves in the shade on pavements and at bus stops. The features of the individuals are concealed by the shade they seek, revealing only the intricacy of posture and the details of the place. Beside each image, Jason records the duration of the wait, some many hours, and disregards any reference to the purpose or the outcome of each wait.
The website waiting.today is a part of the project: along with photographs, it will anchor a collection of essays, poems and stories around the theme of waiting. Furthermore, Jason’s photographs will be displayed at an outdoor exhibition in Braamfontein for the month of July. The project has been supported by the SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015, a partnership between the Department of Arts and Culture, South Africa and the British Council.