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The stars are really a bit(?) biased - I tend to have critted images I like!
Feel free to request a crit - as I have time, I'll get there.


A Born Free view of South Africa

Tue Jul 14, 2015, 10:21 AM

Sipho Mpongo was born into the "New" South Africa, just after the repeal of the various segregation laws, and a year before our first open elections - "born free". He lives in a poor township in Cape Town (Langa), but ran a Kickstarter campaign to get to see the rest of South Africa. The story is very telling. I don't know how much will be clear to folk outside this complicated country of ours, but this is a fascinating and refreshing insight for many reasons.

The words are background. His pictures are brilliant, and a fairly radical cross-section

Use up one of your 10 free New York Times views to see the article and the pictures - comes highly recommended:…

The absolutely charming story of how he got there is on Vimeo

More of his work at  


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Grant Hillebrand
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
South Africa
teacher, geek, Christ follower
attention span of a grasshopper

Drinker of copious quantities of tea.



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rongiveans Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Grant for the favorite.  Kind wishes, my friend.
African-Amber Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you for the watch! :happybounce: :squee: 
AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Didn't realise I wasn't watching you!
Like you pics of kids - their spontaneity.
African-Amber Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Student General Artist
Yup. Kids are amazingly spontaneous. I have no idea how some photographers get them to pose though. I love taking candid photos of them.
AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I think posing causes stress. I'm almost 100% into candid for any age.
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eccoarts Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015
You have some wonderful images.
AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D
jules-101 Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Loved your comment about Inayat & photographing people. If you are interested my opinion it is in there as well. There was one thing you said about certain people "making fun of their subjects" that gave me pause. I am not a professional photographer, my 25 years in darkrooms was only in addition to working all the time, and I have only begun taking digital photos in the last 2 years or so. But, I thought about whether I sometimes make fun of my subjects- and perhaps, but no more than I make fun of myself. Some people have lived with darkness and pain so long, that when they are given another chance at life, they simply laugh all the time ;) NICE gallery!!    
AfricanObserver Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
There's making fun, and then there's seeing the quirky side of things. They are different. One is belittling to the subject, and the other isn't. I don't think that all the subjects in the street galleries would be happy with how they are portrayed. I do however think that Inayat could show every published image of his to the subject with confidence.

Thanks for the visit!
Grant H
jules-101 Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree ;) :blowkiss:
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