When Photography & Home coalesce
A community group run with the folks from The Vine Cafe & youth from Hanberg & Imizamo Yethu
>>> Youth from Hangberg & Imizamo Yethu making their way to the mountains.
From left to right >>> Bionic had such an awesome pace running throughout the whole run, she put the boys to shame! >>>Sithembiso, 13 years of age, focused on his climb.
There's a school of thought that says 'Photograph the things that are close to you' While I do subscribe to some of the ideas in-flight around the quote, I've never quite experienced it in this particular way.
I have been training for my first 100km Ultra which begins at 4 am on the 1st of December - petrified, yes! The run is to raise awareness & money for Bi-polar - I'll expand on that in another post. In the lead up to the event I have been taking part in weekly runs with the awesome community from The Vine - A place for adventure seekers to get together - eat, discuss adventures, purchase gear and browse the internet in search of that next expedition - A place I've been looking for, well, forever!
Temba, 13 years & Simphiwe, 13 years, really stoked on their runs. Simphiwe standing tall atop Manganese Mine, Hout Bay & Temba halfway through his descent.
I met Innes, the founder of The Vine while on one of his organized 15km runs where he shared with me some of his community projects, it didn't take much for me to be totally amped for a Saturday afternoon run with kids for Hanberg & Imizamo Yethu.
Whilst I have always tried to maintain the idea of making work close to 'Home' I had never thought that my personal activities - running, my continued search for community and 'Home' would coalesce in such a beautiful way.
From left to right >>>Youth from Hangberg & Imizamo Yethu Begin their climb. >>> Simphiwe, 13 years, on the charge.
We set off from The Vine with 25 or so kids and made our way up Chapman's peak and then up the mountain - Smiles echoed across the pack of kids while we ascended.
Having the opportunity to run, connect and make images of these kids running up mountains has left an awesome mark on me and has deeply inspired me! These kids kept me on my toes, giving me the biggest smile all the way through the ascent and descent.
From left to right >>>Mbulelo, 15 years is a awesome leader, if it wasn't for him it would have been impossible to gather the names of some of the runners! >>> Runners begin their descent and make their way back to the Vine Cafe for lunch.
From left to right >>>Asithandile, 13 years and stoked! >>> Runners on their descent.
Inspiration is indeed closer than I had originally thought, in fact, it's was right there, again it reminded me on the importance of being receptive.
Thank you for inspiring me Mbulelo, Asithandile, Simphiwe, Bionic, Themba, Sithembiso, Songe, Inam and all the other kids aged between 10 and 17 years.
From left to right > Innes (founder of The Vine, Hout Bay) guides the youth up the trail >>> Gathering atop Manganese mine for instructions on the descent.
If you'd like to find out more about the weekly runs check out The Vine social media pages or just pop on in.
From left to right >>> Innes shares his passion for running and adventure, leading them back to The Vine for lunch and games.