Snaps of Joburg

by photographer Austin Malema

by photographer Austin Malema

This is the last of four instalments in the series, titled ‘Photographers tell a story of their cities’,

Austin Malema is a video editor and photographer based in Joburg.

Austin Malema is a video editor and photographer
based in Joburg.

What is the concept behind this shoot? To capture the inner city of Johannesburg and show that it is not as ugly as people perceive it or make it out to be. The city is beautiful, with different views and great places to visit that are also safe.

What makes your city special? Johannesburg has so many hidden gems that you can discover at Maboneng and Braamfontein, the inner city where there are amazing views of the city. The one thing that makes the city special is that behind every corner there are breathtaking views and you discover beautiful locations almost every day. Snaps of Joburg

Tell us what most people often overlook when visiting your city?
They often overlook exploring more of the the inner city, the heart of the city. Places like the Carlton Centre, also known as the Top of Africa… it has spectacular views of the city from four different corners. Walk the streets with a friend or a tour guide around Bree, Newtown and Braamfontein, find rooftops and take pictures.

by Austin Malema

by Austin Malema

What inspires you? I am inspired by the different stories you find everywhere you go in the city. By the beauty of it, from the Bree Street taxi rank to the view of Johannesburg from the M1 and from the different rooftops.

What makes the good picture stand out from the average? A great subject and composition will make a picture stand out from the rest. My city is a great subject because it does not move and I can shoot as many pictures as possible until I capture the right one.

How would you describe your photographic vision and style, and what kind of look do you try and create in your photos? My style is urban photography. I always try and capture the beauty of the city at different times of the day. I love going on rooftops or anywhere were there is a view of the of the Johannesburg skyline.

by Austin Malema

by Austin Malema

How important is it for a photographer to “connect” with his subjects to bring out their true self? It is very important… so they both understand each other to get the best out of each other.

Photographers like to show their audience something in their pictures, what do you hope to inspire in other people with your work? I hope to inspire people to get out of their houses and get back to walking the streets of the city and see its beauty.

by Austin Malema

by Austin Malema

If you could visit and photograph any place in the world that you haven’t been to before, where would that be?
It would be Manhattan in New York City. The city has beautiful buildings and
views that are easy to capture.

This feature was first published in the Cape Argus on May 19 2015.

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