“Massive fire at Northcliff Country Club", said the message on our neighbourhood WhatsApp group, so of course we all jumped into the car and schlepped down the road to see for ourselves. When we got there, the blaze was raging, but only on the veld on the fringes of the club; nowhere near the buildings or the bowling green. Through the razor-wire fence I could see that someone had switched on the sprinkler system, and it was spritzing lightly on the flames. A few minutes later, with a whoosh of blue-and-red lights, came the fire brigade, and we trooped in to watch them dampen down the fire. It was just like being a junior reporter on the West Rand Times again, rushing to the scene with my Pentax Spotmatic and my spiral-bound notebook to capture a picture and some first-hand information for the week’s edition. Except now I shoot with my Samsung Edge S7, and file the dispatch to WhatsApp. “Fire brigade on scene,” I report, “blaze under control.” Goodnight.
Shadow of a pigeon on the wall of a hardware store in my neighbourhood on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Shadows are street art too, cast by the sun and taking wing on the fleeting of time.
The city, framed, from inside Turbine Hall, venue of the annual Turbine Art Fair in Joburg. One of the highlights on the cultural calendar, a celebration of art, music, good food and the mild midwinter.
Art is a weapon to win hearts and minds. A police Casspir transformed into a meticulously beaded wonderwork, by Ralph Ziman and crew, at the Turbine Art Fair in Joburg.
A striking pop art poster of Samora Machel, by Sindiso Nyoni, at the Turbine Art Fair in Joburg.
Antheap, by Pierneef, Turbine Art Fair, Joburg. The negative shapes in this woodcut are mesmerising. A work of art within a work of art. A landscape turned inside out.
A contemporary linotype, inspired by Pierneef, at the Turbine Art Fair in Joburg. It's called Remnants of Existence, and the artist is Louis Sotho.
This remix of George Washington, the first American President, by Frans Smit, immediately brings to mind the current holder of that office. Turbine Art Fair, Joburg.
Fairgoers reflected in the glass part of a sculpture in steel and glass at the Turbine Art Fair in Joburg.
Closeup of a beadworked AK47, by Ralph Ziman, Turbine Art Fair, Joburg.
Timekeeper 46, digital print on acrylic glass, by Norman O'Flynn, Turbine Art Fair, Joburg.
Nude scribbled in wire, by Usha Seejarim, Turbine Art Fair, Joburg. My favourite work of the fair.