I see a Different you : Vuyo Mpantsha, Justice Mukheli, Innocent Mukheli
These three creatives from Pimville, Soweto have created quite the stir in not only the blogging world, but also in fashion and photography circles. Their pictures remind a lot of us of a simpler time in the townships when life was about playing in the dust and only going home to eat when the sun set. The twist in their “simple” photography comes in their incredible use of colour and sense of style. The three young men are all in the world of advertising: Vuyo is a copywriter, and Justice and Innocent are both art directors at different companies. They started their nine to five with the assistance of a close friend and mentor, Neo Mashigo (creative director at DraftFCD), who encouraged them to aspire to be different and embrace their creativity. “Africa is viewed as a jungle, and that Soweto is dangerous, so we wanted to show the world that it is not all about that, and that there is some COOL in Africa. Our pictures are inspired by pictures in old family albums, and how the grownups used to dress. We wanted to tell stories that were honest and were ignored by everyone including our selves.”
Creative Nestlings: Dillion Phiri Creative Nestlings
Creative Nestlingsis a digital magazine that is starting conversations about creativity by interviewing innovative individuals around the world about their work, life and artistic process. “Creative Nestlings is a small project that I started just after I quit my job. The concept was to compare Europe and Africa in terms of the art scene and how exhibitions are executed,” says Phiri of his mag. He wanted to create a platform for creatives of different backgrounds in and beyond South Africa, making it a global project.