fashion: documenting street style in johannesburg, south africa – the photography of cedric nzaka
By Safety Pins
October 19, 2015
I’m Cedric Nzaka, Kenyan-born and raised, currently based in South Africa. I’d describe myself as a humanitarian, social documentary and landscape photographer, with a particular interest in fashion and portrait photography. Founder of Everydaypeoplestories an online publication that allows young creatives a platform to show case their talent through fashion editorials, poetry and short stories. Everydaypeoplestories mends the bridge between Local and International creative and gives them a platform to interact and collaborate through different avenues the platforms presented for interactions are mostly through individual interviews which create insights into specific individual works and what projects they are involved in. I wish to retain the charm and mental purity of the youth, yet attain the virility/muliebrity and respect of maturity. I feel like Johannesburg is shedding its painful, crime-ridden past to emerge as Africa’s hippest hub for art, music and fashion. The fashion industry in Jo’burg is constantly growing – especially the design front of it all. The trends I’ve seen emerge a lot more are centered on the question of identity where most people communicate and express themselves through what they wear thus my interest in documenting street style in south Africa in general.
By Cedric Nzaka, AFROPUNK Contributor
Street Photography is art photography that features the human condition within public places and does not necessitate the presence of a street or even the urban environment. Truth be told, I do enjoy shooting on the runway as much as I enjoy working in the streets because it allows me to challenge myself as a photographer. But there is not that much that can be done when it comes to runway photography compared to street photography. To me, street photographs are mirror images of society, displaying “unmanipulated” scenes, with usually unaware/aware subjects.
I’m pretty loose when it comes to my creative process. So when it comes to what inspires me and my work rather than chasing colors and patterns, in my photos I work mainly with color and lights. But when it comes to individual inspiration I draw my Inspiration from the likes of Rog & Bee Walker, Street Etiquette just to name a few.
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