15 Apr Same Face, Different Take | 9 Locals in Front of the Lens
Our focus on South African photography this month got us thinking about the people who often feature in photographs, so today we’re turning an eye towards some of the local faces we’ve been seeing a lot of lately. Taking nothing away from the talented people behind the camera, it’s far too easy to underestimate the role of those in front of it – especially when they make it look so effortless. The aim of collecting all these photos in one place as we’ve done here is to show the same faces in many different ways, an exploration of interpretation, if you will, as each photographer captures the subject in a new light and highlights a unique aspect of their personality.
A dreamy Capetonian beauty with piercing blue eyes, or “your semi-hot cousin” as she describes herself, Julia Campbell-Gillies is an art student and a model represented by Boss. For some of her work on the production side of things, have a look at the gorgeous ballet-inspired shoot she conceptualised for C-Heads magazine or Nicholas Coutts’ latest lookbook.
Betina du Toit
We’ve come to recognise Moonchild not only by her unique sound (that emerged out of a blend of classical, jazz, to hip hop, kwaito and electronic) but also by her signature blue locks and all-round zany style. After featuring in Fantasma’s ‘Shangri-La’ and the trippy music video that accompanied it, Moonchild wrapped up her debut solo album which is due for release soon and we’re sure we’ll be seeing a lot more of her as a result.
Musa N. Nxumalo
Over the past year we’ve seen Sanele Xaba all over. He’s featured in Justin Dingwall’s breathtaking fine art photographs, been dressed as a vision of contemporary African style in a collaborative editorial and he’s walked numerous fashion week runways. And there’s a lot more to come – represented by Boss, Sanele is soon making the move from Joburg to Cape Town to pursue modelling full time.
Jake Michael Singer
Kope | Figgins
Bee Beardsworth is a model, artist and writer who also happens to have a pair of the most jealousy-inducing brows we’ve ever seen. Along with these she’s recently appeared in a gloriously old-school campaign shot by Lyall Coburn for The Joinery and in a fun shoot with photographer Caroline Mackintosh (and some ostriches) for This Is Junk. At the moment Bee is based in Sydney, where she’s represented by Jaz Daly Management.
Nastassja van der Merwe
Betina du Toit
Mermaid meets punk goes some way in describing Nastassja van der Merwe‘s edgy beauty; with her ever-changing hair, piercings and tattoos. Having studied at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Natassja loves fashion and is an aspiring designer – though she’s presently signed with Ice Models and is wholly focused on a career in modelling (until further notice, that is).
Yannick Ilunga aka Petite Noir
Jody Brand (Chomma)
For at least one week before and after the release of Yannick Ilunga aka Petite Noir‘s debut EP The King Of Anxiety, it seemed as though the album cover (pictured below) was all we saw. It’s one of many striking images that the “Noirwave” musician has been the subject of in his career so far and it goes without saying it won’t be the last.
Azuli Peeters first came up on our radar when Paul Ward photographed her for his “I AM” youth series and she’s only been on the rise since then. Lately, Azuli has been featuring in local campaign images left right and centre – check her out sporting Cult 11AD’s futuristic knitwear, Adriaan Kuiters x Jody Paulsen’s print-full ss15collection and YOH!’s ‘On Sight’ streetwear line.
Aaron Henry Lynch
Luke Alois Houba
Previously working for men’s fashion destination Mr Doveton, East London born Aaron Henry Lynch is now signed with Faith Model Management and is based in Cape Town where he’s growing his own modelling portfolio while also working as a freelance stylist.
Brett Charles Seiler
A former member of V.I.N.T.A.G.E dance crew, Manthe Ribane is a dancer for Die Antwoord and makes up one third of the performance art/dance collective ‘Dear Ribane‘ together with her siblings Tebogo and Kokona. She’s also the subject of many a photographer’s gaze, featuring in Andile Buka‘s Sartist sports project and most recently, starring in the NOT x Chris Saunders fashion and photography exhibition.
Frances van Jaarsveld