Bronze / 2016 / Portraiture / Other_P

My People

  • Prize
    Bronze in Portraiture/Other
  • Photographer
    Andre du Plessis

I usually select a house at random, never knowing who will open the door or what awaits me once inside. However, when I leave that dwelling after an hour, we have turned from strangers to friends.Their pride, hospitality, cooperation and respect seem so incongruous with what the eyes of the more privileged see, or want to see - defining qualities that are often invisible to the outsider.These brief and impromptu encounters always leave me filled with awe and admiration, and assist me to maintain a uniquely optimistic perspective on life.This panel will form part of a collection of images for publication in a book that is intended to raise awareness of the challenging conditions that many souls in South Africa still live in.