Pretoria, South Africa.
For the next month I am in full-time writing mode, and trying to avoid going anywhere unless absolutely necessary, but as I work through the Johannesburg footage we’ve shot so far, I will continue to share some photos from the project. Looking forward of being back in the streets of Joburg with my camera sometime soon in the new year.
Although I have come to love Johannesburg, I am under no delusions about it: it’s a city built upon the foundations of mining, exploitation and brutal, unbridled capitalism. As a result, human beings are too often treated as disposable. Finding the right collaborators is important in any situation, but under these circumstances it’s crucial, so I’m grateful to be working with these comrades @ and @.
I took this photo a few months ago when we were filming in Church Square, Pretoria, the capital of South Africa. Pretoria is officially a city in its own right, bet let’s face it, it has pretty much become a district of metropolitan Johannesburg, in the way that Jersey City is part of metro New York or Oakland and San Jose are parts of metro San Francisco. The bearded fellow with the gun forms a section of a monument underneath the Paul Kruger statue - I call it the Tomb of the Unknown Racist.