PEOPLE ON THE PERIPHERY
This project stems from a recent trip into the heart of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg mountains, a world heritage site located in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa.
In this region of the province the escarpment forms a physical as well as cultural border - one that separates South Africa from the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, and by doing so, the Zulu people from their neighbours the Basotho.
However, I was not there to climb the mountains, but rather to photograph a few of the people who, for generations, have called the foothills of this majestic escarpment their home.
I had contacted the Cathedral Peak Hotel - a nearby establishment providing a means of living for many of these people - several months before my visit in order to request permission to photograph those members of staff willing to have their portraits taken.
I wanted to give my sitters a voice; give them a chance to express themselves. I wanted to make them feel proud of who they are.