Tshepiso Mabula looks at the moments in between with her photography. She has spent the last three years attending big news events, but instead of photographing the speakers on stage, she takes a look at the ordinary people who attend the events, and who are most often reduced to numbers.
The events Tshepiso has covered range from the Fees Must Fall protests to the funeral of the mother of the nation, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Speaking on the series, Tshepiso says “I call this series the moments in between, because it reflects the moments in my work where I have seen people continuing conquering life amidst its hardships, it is in these moments that I have seen them smile, laugh, cry and it is in these moments that I am thankful for the opportunity to have met these people. I might not always get a chance to ask their names but I am thankful none the less because meeting them gives me the opportunity to observe humans, busy being.”
Tshepiso interest in photography first started in 2012, when she was visiting her family and came across award-winning South African photographer Santu Mafokeng’s Bloemhof photo book. Tshepiso’s work aims to tell stories that capture the dignity in ordinary people, and that promotes social unity. Her view of social justice means being able to embrace our similarities as a people while working towards creating a society where we can all live freely without prejudice.