I was shooting in Cape Town for a couple of days and this was the view from the driveway of the guest house in Simon’s Town that I stayed in. The view from the balcony was even spectacular. It was the second time I’d stayed at that guest house. I couldn’t help but think about the fantastic backdrops the beaches and streets would be for shoots.
The Sounds Behind The ImagesA Kokomba tribe funeral. We were traveling back to our “base camp” after doing some photo work in one of the villages in Brong-Ahafo region in Ghana. We noticed a cloud of dust in the far distance ahead of us so we decided to stop and check out what was going on. As we got closer we heard the beating of drums, singing and dancing. We were told a young charismatic Kokomba farmer had passed on. They were performing this ritual before taking his remains to the cemetry. We stopped by the side of the road and I climbed on top of our Land Rover to film what was going on. Some of the locals noticed me filming so they called me to join them in the dance. I happily obliged! With my camera around my neck, I took some film footage and still images between dancing.
Some of these images, among others, will be displayed as part of group exhibition at the Todmorden Papermill Art Gallery for Scotiabank CONTACT photography Festival from May 21 - June 1.
Venue: Todmorden Papermill Art Gallery
67 Pottery Rd, Toronto
Opening Reception/Gala is Wednesday May 21st, 2014, 6pm - 10pm.