16 Feb Oppikoppi Portraits by Kevin Goss-Ross
In the mayhem that is Oppikoppi, you’ll inevitably lose or break something. This thing often being yourself. Last year however, in a super-human feat, freelance photographer Kevin Goss-Ross actually managed to leave Oppikoppi having made something; this series of portraits.
Here’s the story straight from his keyboard (via email & a copy/paste) to your eyes:
I was shooting Oppikoppi for Mahala.co.za last year. It was my second time and the previous year I – like everyone else at the festival – couldn’t help but get smacked in the face by the silly amounts of dust in the air. I was coughing up mud for a week after. It really is terrible, but with the dust comes a beautiful red glow at dusk and I thought that it might be a good environment for some portraits. Having dust or pollution in the air helps darken the sky a bit and prevents bits from blowing out.
The previous year I had caught a bus from Durban and then got a lift from photographer Justin McGee and DJ Creepy Steve so luggage had to be kept to a minimum. This year I stupidly thought that driving all the way from Durban to Northam might be a good idea. It wasn’t (the drive from Oppi to Jozi alone is torture on Monday morning, so ten hours will kill you), but I got an assistant, Erin Wulfsohn, to come with and threw in an old studio soft box and a lightstand with grand plans.
Unfortunately it is so hard to pull yourself from the hellish hangover and genuine exhaustion at a festival in the afternoon and do actual work, so we only went for one walk around the camping area. All of these portraits were done in that one walk in one hour.
This year I’m planning to do things properly.
We can’t wait to see the results.