B&W Street Photography Documentary – Africa

This street photography essay was submitted to Edge of Humanity Magazine by photographer Giancarlo Bianchi.

 

“ANGELS &amp; DEMONS”<br /> Standing on a street corner in Cape Town I saw these three friends walking toward me. Some looked menacing while others light hearted. The gentleman in the middle- looked at me with curiosity. It was for me intriguing. The poster girl in the background inspired the title along with the balance of feelings in the picture.

“ANGELS & DEMONS”
Standing on a street corner in Cape Town I saw these three friends walking toward me. Some looked menacing while others light hearted. The gentleman in the middle- looked at me with curiosity. It was for me intriguing. The poster girl in the background inspired the title along with the balance of feelings in the picture.

Click on the images to see Giancarlo’s collection of street photographs.

“Frying Fish” This shot was taken in Moshi, Tanzania the day before my hike up Kilimanjaro. I was exploring the town out in the rural settlements. These two ladies are preparing traditional cooked fish which is hung up to dry.

“Frying Fish”
This shot was taken in Moshi, Tanzania. These two ladies are preparing traditional cooked fish which is hung up to dry.

“Lend me your ear”<br /> This is still one of my favorite street photographs from when I was just starting out. Shot at a ‘shebeen’ ( illegal tavern selling alcohol). A place where locals can get together especially on a Sunday, enjoying one or two cold ones. The two in this image are from very different walks of life. They weren’t necessarily socializing, but the gentleman on the right had something urgent and wanted to be heard.

“Lend me your ear”
This is still one of my favorite street photographs from when I was just starting out. Shot at a ‘shebeen’ ( illegal tavern selling alcohol). A place where locals can get together especially on a Sunday, enjoying one or two cold ones. The two in this image are from very different walks of life. They weren’t necessarily socializing, but the gentleman on the right had something urgent and wanted to be heard.

“Shepherd of the Maluti” This photo was taken on a hike to the summit of Thabana Ntlenyana, the highest peak in Southern Africa, in Lesotho. It was extremely cold as you can see; and these shepherds have no trouble in wandering these parts all day tending to their flock.

“Shepherd of the Maluti”
This photo was taken on a hike to the summit of Thabana Ntlenyana, the highest peak in Southern Africa, in Lesotho. It was extremely cold as you can see; and these shepherds have no trouble in wandering these parts all day tending to their flock.

Click on the images to see Giancarlo’s collection of street photographs.

“SMILE & SHINE” The simplicity and humbleness of this scene inspired me to shoot this image.

“SMILE & SHINE”
The simplicity and humbleness of this scene inspired me to shoot this image.

The downtown terminal” This is a scene at the taxi rank in Rustenburg, South Africa. I enjoyed the diverse range of emotions expressed from the bystanders of this image when they glimpsed me shooting!

The downtown terminal”
This is a scene at the taxi rank in Rustenburg, South Africa. I enjoyed the diverse range of emotions expressed from the bystanders of this image when they glimpsed me shooting!

“The highway cowboy” This was an unusual sight to say the least. This is a road worker on a most probably lunch break, roadside. He was by himself and had a fire going and seemed to have dozed off in this wheel-barrow!

“The highway cowboy”
This was an unusual sight to say the least. This is a road worker on a most probably lunch break, roadside. He was by himself and had a fire going and seemed to have dozed off in this wheel-barrow!

“THE streets” A simple shot in a hair-salon in downtown Johannesburg.

“The streets”
A simple shot in a hair-salon in downtown Johannesburg.

“The tailor on main” This shot is of a man doing tailor work on main road, New Town, Johannesburg. I just loved the way the streets are alive with culture and vibe. This man is putting his trade to direct use to the public right on the road. Hats off to him

“The tailor on main”
This shot is of a man doing tailor work on main road, New Town, Johannesburg. I just loved the way the streets are alive with culture and vibe. This man is putting his trade to direct use to the public right, on the road. Hats off to him.

 

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