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This is one of the homes in the hostel where police were quelling protest with rubber bullets. The protest was about a lack of basic services for the residents, such as sanitation and building renovations as some of the buildings are literally falling apart. This, to my estimate, was one of the biggest risks as some of these homes housed entire families with small children.

From the kitchen to the loo

News Photojournalism

Police fire rubber bullets at protesters at a hostel in Soweto. The protest had started in the morning with the hostel residents standing by the stop-sign (in the second image). However, around midday, when they piled rocks on the streets, the police began shooting indiscriminately at the crowd.

Man stands defiantly as police disperse protest with rubber bulletsPolice shoot at protesters at a hostel

Man above Houghton

I had intended to take a landscape picture of Johannesburg (North) from just above Houghton Estate but then I saw this man looking out at the landscape (it’s just behind me in this picture) and I thought that he made a perfect representation of a picture of the wide Johannesburg landscape from this point-of-view.

Man on the wall

Hope: A photo essay

When tasked to do a photo essay on symbols of ‘hope’ I ended up at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. This site, known during apartheid as ‘Number 4’, is where many anti-apartheid activists were incarcerated, tortured and humiliated for fighting for a free South Africa against Afrikaner Nationalism/Fascism. Ironically, when Paul Kruger built it in 1896 he had done so precisely to protect South Africa from British imperialism. On the day I visit the precinct I find uniformed children on a school excursion; they are excited. It’s their first time at the precinct and they can’t wait to climb on the chairs of the bar in the constitutional court. They understand little of what the constitution is all about but they know that it protects them somehow and they are here to meet it. I thought that there was nothing more hopeful than that.