12 June 2014 by Kolosa Vuso

South Africa through the eyes of photographer Thina Zibi

Photographer and art director Thina Zibi brings the cool into any South African story. Whether it’s in downtown Johannesburg or Langa township in Cape Town, you can’t help but want to be part of the photograph.

Thina was commissioned to do a feature for AfriPop.com on local band The Soil: 'While taking the pics, we had some little boys watching. I asked them to jump in."

Her subjects range from a child playing on the road, to an elderly woman in her red-and-white church uniform and even award-winning a capella singing group The Soil.

'I enjoy people, wherever. I usually end up in social areas or areas where there are a lot of people, and always find something interesting there,' she says.

Her creative process when capturing a moment is to capture the subjects unaware.

'I try to avoid being in people’s faces, so I usually take a picture from a distance. I prefer the stolen moments,' she says.

Asked to describe her photographs in one word, she says they are 'honest'.

Although originally from Cape Town, Zibi harbours a great love for Johannesburg and believes everyone should, too: 'It’s a beautiful jungle. The people are amazing and the energy is perfect to feed from.'

Her work has a lot of substance and soul. Below, she describes some of her photographs:

This was my younger brother's traditional Xhosa initiation in the Eastern Cape
This is an image of a popular spot known as the Old Biscuit Mill in Cape Town
This was from a social event known as Cold Turkey in Woodstock, Cape Town
This cutie is one of my friend’s kids. We were on our way to Arts on Main in Johannesburg, and we made him stand on the middle of the road (bad, I know)
Some strangers I saw at a beach in Cape Town. They were walking past
A picture of a woman going to or coming back from church. I took this in the car while my friend was driving through downtown Johannesburg
Young boys playing close to Arts on Main in Johannesburg. All images by Thina Zibi

Category: Arts & Entertainment, Culture & History

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