29 May Featured: Humans of Durban
Inspired by Brandon Stanton’s street photography blog, Humans of New York, Humans of Durban is SA’s own look at the characters who make up one of our major cities. The project was started by Micaela de Freitas, who upon returning home to Durban after a year abroad was looking for a way to explore her city and to improve her photography. The ‘Humans of…’ concept was the perfect way for her to interact with the people of her city who she wouldn’t otherwise stop and chat to.
Part of Micaela’s intention for starting the project was to encourage her to carry her camera wherever she goes and to keep photographing every day.
With regards to her process, she says, “I approach each situation and subject differently. sometimes I’m driving in my car and have to pull over, sometimes I’m out with friends and other times I’ve gone to a specific area of Durban with the intention of getting portraits. I look out for interesting colors, patterns, people and surroundings. If I see something or someone that catches my eye, I approach them and explain I’m working on a project showcasing the people I see in and around Durban.” The captions that accompany the portraits provide the viewers with a glimpse into the lives of the subjects.
Micaela uploads new portraits almost every day and stays inspired by looking to other photographers who make use of the street and ordinary people and find the extraordinary in them. She says, “In just one outing, I’ll meet and photograph a sangoma, 60 year old women who play soccer, immigrants from the Congo and a guitar-playing Rastafarian. The streets of Durban are full of amazing, inspirational people and I am so glad I get to share their stories through this project.”