In South Africa during the apartheid era, beginning in the first half of the twentieth century, the population was classified into four main racial groups: Black, White, Asian (mostly Indian) and Coloured. The Coloured group included people of mixed Bantu, Khoisan and European descent (with some Malay ancestry, especially in the Western Cape). The Coloured definition occupied an intermediary political position between the Black and White definitions in South Africa.
Jaywick is known as one of the most deprived areas of England because the town struggles with problems such as unemployment, poor health and crime.
Over the past year, I have gained the trust of the local community and have been invited to photograph a social group known as the Happy Club, set up in 2015 to serve as a meeting place and support network in a local church.
These photographs focus on the idea of community in spite of difficult circumstances, and their acceptance of me as a photographer documenting their community and becoming a part of their social circle.
Schwarzenegger Is My Idol is a story about young guys from Nikolayev (Ukraine) who are united by one thing - their goal to become the best of the best and they will do everything possible to achieve it. The photos show young people who engage in athletics, acrobatics, fitness, and bodybuilding. I asked one of the boys to tell me what role his hobby plays in his life. Here's what he told me: "For me, my sport is what I live for. Daily control and hard work - that leads me to success. Sport disciplines a man, enables him to understand the value of labor, the value of choice. I always wanted to be something more than an ordinary man in the street, more colossal than an ordinary representative of the society, so in my sport I do the best I can, because I want to reach the top".
Why are my models naked in the photos? I think it adds a kind of courage and naturalness. Of course it also looks funny and ironic.
How We Lived For Saturdays is a contemplation on the ways in which leisure time is digested in post revolutionary and transitional societies. The relationship between freedom from and freedom to is used as a starting point, to consider the process by which the search for self determination is a continuous endeavour never readily delivered by democratic transitions. Free time is explored as a transitory moment in which the hopes, dreams, disappointments of freedom can be expressed in a moment of temporal autonomy.
In the Killarney project specific attention is paid to masculinity in post-apartheid South Africa, and how it is expressed on weekends through Cape Town’s drag racing culture. Killarney is a Cape Town racecourse where speed, sound, fumes and masculinity intersect on weekends, in a cascade of sensory overload.
Through the Stations documents people, by a journey through the different stations of The Light Train in Jerusalem, which is one of the main transportation methods in the city, passing through religious and nonreligious Jewish and Arab neighborhoods.
The project aims to explore and analyze the different cultures, religions and ethnic differences to which people belong, and try to understand in this way the complexity and diversity of the society in Jerusalem, which includes Israeli-born citizens, immigrants, Jewish/Muslim/Christian people and more.