By Andile Bhala
Photography has been a beacon in my life. The streets of Soweto with their bustling noise, smiles and legends in the making compel me to travel its vast space in search of stories. My bicycle and my red backpack are my companions as I seek to see beyond the obvious.
I begin each day with a cup of coffee. It helps me maintain my workflow and inspires me to create more. With a cup of coffee in hand, I always seem to have good ideas and it hugs me when I’m down. I want someone who looks at my work the same way they look at coffee.
A simple cup of coffee has connected me to a community of coffee lovers. I use coffee as a tool to create conversation with others. We all like it different – some prefer it as an instant and others brewed – yet it always seems to bring us together.
This photo series is an ongoing body of work that explores the South African coffee culture and fashion – people meet in coffee shops and social markets to enjoy its delicacies, at home and the office. It also explores what happens in-between as life happens. In Soweto, particularly, the project explores the social space as the distinct beauty of old coffee traditions meets modern coffee trends.