Photo Essay: Johannesburg at dusk and dawn

Shutterbug Stuart Hendricks describes Jozi as “raw, real, and pulling no punches, but always with good intentions. I think if the city were a person they would be one of those friends that keep you honest, always reminding you how you could lose everything at any time”.

As a kid, Stuart used his Dad’s Ricoh 35mm point before inheriting his SLR. During his teens photography fell by the wayside, but he took to his camera again once he graduated and started working in publishing and creative direction. For him the medium is a creative escape from daily tasks.

A move from Cape Town to Jo’burg shifted his subject matter to city-related content. Capturing the city’s heritage within a modern context and its ever-changing landscape is a welcoming challenge. Braving the city at odd hours comes with a few practical obstacles; namely safety and negotiating with authorities.

When it comes to shooting, he tell us that “as much as things stay the same…things are also constantly changing. Some Jo’burg buildings seem to have been around for eons, but on the other hand, new spaces in the city seem to disappear almost as soon as they’re created. That’s a good metaphor for the city itself I guess – only the strong survive”.

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