feature: botswana-based artist van de aarde captures honest beauty using film photography

March 22, 2016

Van de aarde (aka Call Me Van) is a freelance editorial photographer from Botswana. Not much else is known about the photographer, but judging by their work, the artist seems to be attracted to photographing form and honesty beauty. Much of their work are portraits, experimental and traditional, taken on 35mm film. Check it out:

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

Model: @gotlhe24

Model: @tokelosetai

Model: Miche Jagjiban

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*Erin White is an Atlanta-based writer and AFROPUNK’s editorial and social media assistant. You can follow her on Tumblr or friend her on Facebook. Have a pitch or an inquiry? Shoot her an email at