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Aerial Shots That Demonstrate The Stark Divide Between Rich and Poor

Aerial Shots That Demonstrate The Stark Divide Between Rich and Poor

June 22, 2016

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Kate Sierzputowski

During apartheid, barriers were both constructed and modified to segregate urban spaces—roads, rivers, and large stretches of open land separating rich neighborhoods from the poor. Twenty-two years later these barriers still exist, large homes with lush lawns just a few yards away from tightly-packed communities organized with dirt roads rather than tree-lined streets. Photographer Johnny Miller wanted to capture the dramatic divide from a new perspective, and decided to shoot many areas in South Africa from several hundred feet in the air for a series titled “Unequal Scenes.”
By utilizing aerial photographs, the separation is all the more apparent, suburban sprawl nestled up against tight and overcrowded streets. More



Art

Site-Specific Elephant Murals on the Streets of South Africa by Falko One

Site-Specific Elephant Murals on the Streets of South Africa by Falko One

May.17.16

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Christopher

Working with the iconic image of the elephant, South African artist Falko One brings lumbering pachyderms to the facades of homes, alleyways, and businesses across the country. The Cape Town-based graffiti artist has been painting murals in the region since 1988, and though he depicts a wide range of subject matter in his artworks, the elephants seem to most easily capture the imagination of the viewer. Many of his site-specific murals incorporate elements of the building or even items far off in the background directly into the painting, creating fun optical illusions. More



Design

Step Inside ‘Truth,’ a Steampunk Coffee Shop in Cape Town, South Africa

Step Inside ‘Truth,’ a Steampunk Coffee Shop in Cape Town, South Africa

Sep.18.13

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Christopher

Photo by Shanna Jones

Photo by Shanna Jones

Photo by Shanna Jones

Photo by Shanna Jones

Photo by Shanna Jones

Photo by Shanna Jones

Photo by Shanna Jones

Photo by Shanna Jones
Features on interior design here on Colossal are few and far between, there are times when a space is so wholly original it’s just too hard to pass up. Case in point: Truth Coffee Shop in Cape Town, South Africa. More



Photography

Software Architect Turned Photographer Alexander Safonov Captures Breathtaking Underwater Scenes off the Coast of South Africa

Software Architect Turned Photographer Alexander Safonov Captures Breathtaking Underwater Scenes off the Coast of South Africa

Dec.17.12

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Christopher

Alexander Safonov is a software architect from Voronezh, Russia who currently lives and works in Discovery Bay, Hong Kong. Not content to sit in front of a computer full-time he obtained a diving license in 2002 and started to experiment with underwater photography about two years later. He has since made numerous excursions to photograph underwater wildlife off Cocos Island, Fiji, the Galapagos and Raja Ampat. However his favorite destination is the annual sardine run off the coast of South Africa where most of the photos you see were captured over the last few years. More



Art

Conrad Botes

Conrad Botes

Aug.5.11

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Christopher







For my first guest post here at Colossal, I have to share the work of one of my favorite artists of all time, Conrad Botes. Growing up in South Africa under Apartheid, Conrad’s work tackles serious issues of race and the human condition with a twist of post-pop cartoon imagery. As one-half of the brain behind Bitterkomix (the other being Anton Kannemeyer), Botes also used the format of the comic as a critique on Afrikaner culture and policy, branching into criticism of South African society in general (resulting in being banned in his own country at one time). More