Your “hands” photo collection, among others, recently featured at the [creditthephotographer] exhibition at the Kulture Pop Up Gallery in Braamfontein.
What is the inspiration behind this collection?
My recent collection from #creditthephotographer was inspired by how I felt when I shot the pieces. It was from a place of loneliness. You can have it all in the world but when you are alone that is when the world becomes real.
What are the hands symbolic of?
The hands in the images signify a few things: In one frame, titled Fame, the hands signify how the world wants every piece of you; they will take what they want and not fear or worry about how you feel. Fame absorbs you and sucks you until you only see that which you used to be. This image is a direct representation of this.
The proportion of the hands to the face and neck is quite large – what is the reason for this?
The hands represent the people of the world and the reason they are larger is that your fans and supporters are larger than you.
What deeper messages do the hands, in combination with the gold markings, convey, and to whom?
The marking in the images are either painted on the model as make-up, or it was something that Seth Pimentel did as illustrations. For me, they signify the richness found in Africa, the beauty found in the people of the continent and also the beauty beneath us.