Revelers watch the sun rise from the Stone Circle as Glastonbury Festival comes to an end at Worthy Farm, Somerset. June 29 2015.
Like the cliche of many photographers, I got into taking pictures by means of my dad letting me have a go on his camera, which he then struggled to get back. I ended up taking photography all the way to University, doing a degree course at The University of Plymouth and graduating with a first in 2011. I was lucky enough (and through spending my summers doing work experience at local papers) to be offered a job coming out of university for South West News Service (SWNS), one of the largest agencies in the UK, and for the last four years that’s where I’ve been, covering news and features for the national papers.
One of the highlights of being a press photographer in the…
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Loyiso Mkize’s artwork is as beautiful as his personality – warm, bold and full of life.
I first heard of him on an ad back in 2012, with his last line “My name is Loyiso Mkize, you don’t know me yet.” and just like that, I was forever a fan. Hooked on each artwork that I have seen and that have left me impressively overwhelmed by the magnitude of what hands and passion can create.
I met this talented artist and illustrator of Kwezi (a local superhero comic book) on Saturday, 05 September 2015, during his solo exhibition in Johannesburg; which also marked the opening day for the VANSA Joburg Art Week 2015 which is took place at the Eyethu Gallery situated on the premises of Eyethu Lifestyle Centre and will run until the 1st of October. Reflections also showcased at the FNB Joburg Art Fair 2015.
Mkize deals with subjects such as culture, self-awareness and strength. His Reflections‘ artistic statement states;
“We are in that defining/redefining time in our continents history whether it’s a convenient assertion or not. It is this that I capture in my works. It is with this spirit that I take to the canvass and dare to develop a new aesthetic, a new standard, a new Africa. This for me is the principal idea when mapping the zeitgeist of my generation. We are collectively writing our future. And if this is true I move to make it a bolder, grander and glorious time.”
I used to sketch when I was younger, and after the magnificent artworks displaced by this amazing artist, I have secretly talked myself into taking pencil|art lessons.
I am inspired and wishing Mkize more success on his fruitful career and may he continue to inspire many more.
The Inanda Development Cup 2015 was held at the Inanda Club in Inanda Sandton on the 31st of May 2015. The Inanda Development Cup, presented by Land Rover provides opportunities for talented, underprivileged and aspirant polo players to participate in the sport and possibly become professionals in this arena, the Inanda Polo Academy has successfully trained six development players, all of whom are now competing at professional level in renowned tournaments.
For the horse groomers, their job starts way before the actual polo game commences. They prepare the horses for each game and chukka (The number of chukkas played describes the period of play and governed by the rules of the particular tournament, the norm being six chukkas. Each Chukka is seven-and-a-half minutes long, with breaks of three minutes between chukkas and five minutes at half time).
Polo ponies need to be trained so that they are not afraid to bump into other ponies, and not to shy at the ball or at mallets swinging near their heads. Groomers ensure that each of the ponies is bandaged so that they aren’t hurt when accidentally hit by mallets. Each player has to have four ponies for the match to be used at each chukka.
Busaphi Dhlamini, a groomer who travelled to the tournament from Mpumalanga, has been working as a groomer for the past 7 years. “I have always loved horses since my childhood. As a groomer, it feels good when your team and horses win matches. Some of the groomers play Polo as part of developing and training these horses”.
Before the match, each groomer rides each pony that will take part in the game to warm them. During each chukka, the groomers will then assist players with the changes. After the match, each pony is also walked to decrease the adrenaline generated during the match, as well as to calm them. They are then washed to cool them down. Some ponies will roll around the dirt to scratch their backs or be fidgety, hence the need to calm them. They are also brushed and feed before being loaded into the trucks in preparing them to be transported back to their homes.
Polo is fast, furious and features a great alliance between human and horse – together with its reputation to attract the young and glamorous, it is no wonder polo is labelled “The Sport of Kings”. However, the groomers are often paid minimum wages. They are often away from their families, as they have to travel with each tournament and games. John Madzuse, who comes from Swaziland, explained that his complaint about the job is the time he spends away from his loved ones and children, aside from the income.