Fear – Intimidating Faces

Following an incident of crime in 2013 where I was shot at from close range, I developed a core wound pertaining to black men. I would leave my home in the morning and be enveloped in fear by the presence of a fellow soul on his way to work. In pursuit of realigning this wound, I set off into the depths of the Johannesburg shadows to meet the people that supposedly instilled fear in my limbs.

I had one rule – if someone sparked any kind of fear in me, I had to approach him and speak to him. Each of these portraits is taken after conversing with the individual for half an hour or more. The individual stories will be published in the upcoming exhibition of this work.

Needless to say, however, for the most part, these are all men with beautiful intention.