Cale Waddacor has given us a sneak peek into his soon-to-be-released book, Graffiti South Africa, a “visual feast” of “hundreds of vibrant images that showcase the work of South Africa’s most influential graffiti artists”. The challenge with graffiti, as street art, is that over time it fades, weathers and eventually disappears. Someone will remove it or another graffiti artist will paint over it so street artists must photograph their work to document and record what once was. Cale Waddacor saw a need to “capture these ephemeral works to preserve them for posterity” and has spent 10 years of his life following and photographing graffiti in South Africa, recently publishing his collection so that “now, for the first time ever, the global spotlight can fall on these talented artists”.
Initially unknown for its graffiti scene, South Africa has now become a prime destination for many renowned international graffiti writers. From underground tunnels and abandoned buildings to train yards and townships, local writers, each with their own distinct style, spread their work across the nation. (Cale Waddacor)
The book also includes interviews with local graffiti artists to “reveal their passions and inspirations and cover all aspects of the movement, creating a true representation of its evolution,” Cale explains. Launching the Graffiti South Africa website in 2011, Cale has always aimed to share South Africa’s graffiti scene with a global audience. After securing a publishing deal in early 2013, Cale was able to turn his full attention towards selecting the best from his photographic collection, sourcing images from the artists themselves and fellow street art photographers as well.
Cale tells us about his photographic adventure into this “underground world of wonder”, that’s connected him with people of all walks of life, exploring places most people wouldn’t normally go. He explains that his love and understanding of the art form started at an early age when he started painting on walls during highschool. Since then he continues to dabble in graffiti art but has turned his focus towards photography after realising there was opportunity to document our country’s exciting and growing graffiti scene. “The book will entertain and inspire graffiti enthusiasts and art fanatics all over the world,” says Cale.