Hace 8 meses que asistí a mi primer reunión de FIHNEC, en ese preciso momento Dios me inquieto el corazón y me dije a mi mismo algún día estaré allí en frente parado dando mi Testimonio.
Ese día llego y fue ayer que Dios me puso y me cumplió ese sueño de poder hablarle a muchos jovenes de donde me saco y de cómo ha transformado mi vida y de como sigue haciendo maravillas en mi vida.
Gracias a todas esas personas que estuvieron presentes en ese momento tan especial para mi vida.
Porque tú formaste mis entrañas; Tú me hiciste en el vientre de mi madre. Te alabaré; porque formidables, maravillosas son tus obras; Estoy maravillado, Y mi alma lo sabe muy bien. (Salmos 139:13-14 RVR1960) (en Talanga City)
Continuing our conversations with this year’s Emerging Talent award recipients, this week we talked with Corinna Kern, a German-born photographer now living in South Africa. In 2013, she received a Masters’ in photojournalism from the University of Westminster in London, where she focused on stories about alternative lifestyles from an insider’s perspective. Her candid images give intimate insight into peoples’ lives on the fringes of society. Below is an excerpt of our interview; read the rest on the Getty Images Stories & Trends blog.
Q) You’re currently working on a story about transgender women in South Africa. What sparked your interest in this topic and what do you hope your photographs will convey about the transgender experience in this country?
A) I have been interested in non-conforming gender and gender expression for many years. Coming from a background in which people take their gender and sexual orientation for granted, I have been looking to explore the realities of LGBTI people subjected to discrimination and violence, which is particularly prevalent in communities of color. Initially I was considering going to places like Uganda where a new anti-gay bill was passed end of 2013, rendering repeated homosexual acts punishable by life imprisonment. However, when I learned about the challenges LGBTI people are facing in liberal South Africa, despite a constitution being one of the most progressive in the world, this topic became more interesting and relevant to me. Institutionalized homophobia and gender-based violence are common phenomenon contradicting a constitution that outlaws discrimination based on gender, sex or sexual orientation while legalizing same-sex marriages. Especially in townships and rural areas individuals are often forced to perform their gender according to the hetero-patriarchal notions entrenched in African culture. With my photographs I aim to convey gender as an ambiguous and fluid concept opposing the traditional gender binary. By contravening stereotypical gender roles and expressions I intend to challenge the hetero-patriarchal and prejudiced notions on gender, inspiring a shift towards an open-minded view on what African gender identity can be as opposed to what society demands it to be. By sharing individuals’ experiences, I intend to raise awareness about the discrepancy between South Africa’s official acceptance of transgenderism and the unofficial reality shaped by discrimination and persecution. So far I have been working together with a NGO called S.H.E. (Social, Health And Empowerment Feminist Collective Of Transgender And Intersex Women Of Africa) that operates in East London.
Q) When did you arrive in South Africa and how have you found working there as a journalist, compared to England, where you studied, or Germany, your home country? What have been the primary challenges in working on your transgender story?
A) When I arrived in South Africa end of May 2014, the primary challenge until now has been the safety issues involved in my work as a photojournalist. Coming from Europe where I was used to work independently and without constraints, I often feel very restricted in South Africa as I cannot just go out wherever and whenever I want, especially since carrying equipment. Particularly in townships and rural areas that my project focuses on, crime rates are high and as a white person I am standing out. Hence, I make sure that someone living in the area I photograph accompanies me. As I prefer to have as few people as possible accompanying me in order to keep all situations as real and uninfluenced as possible, I usually stick to the individuals that I photograph. At first glance it may appear a bit worrying walking as a white person together with a transgender person through a township. However, we make sure that we stay in the communities in which the individuals are widely accepted. Moreover, language barriers are a challenge since in the rural areas and townships people speak Xhosa and many of them little English. Especially when people in communities are talking amongst themselves I often do not understand their conversations, which makes it difficult for me to integrate.
Capturing Nairobi’s Essence through Portraits, with @lafrohemien
To see more of Sarah’s portraits, follow @lafrohemien on Instagram.
“I tend to put my subjects against a backdrop that will not only tell a story about them, but also about the city,” explains Kenya Instagrammer Sarah Waiswa (@lafrohemien). “Nairobi is a diverse landscape and it is important for me to show that in my photos.”
Originally drawn to Instagram as a way to see the world through the lens of others, Sarah now shares her own photographs that reveal her city’s unique juxtapositions. She says, “Nairobi is one of the few places in the world where you can capture wildlife with the city skyline as an unexpected backdrop.”
For Sarah, sharing her city through photos of its inhabitants opens up new avenues for storytelling. She hopes her portraits reflect the nature of Nairobi: “It is alluring and mysterious at the same time.”
#Repost from @davidramirez_2 with @repostapp —- Este fin de semana tuve el privilegio de servirle a Dios junto a este personaje, un gran amigo y que pude ver el corazon de niño que tiene… fue un fin de semana que varios nos reimos, tambien se lloro pero lo mejor fue como Dios se manifesto de manera sobrenatural en este bello lugar y su proposito se cumploo ¡Gracias, Lempira! @nels_gram #Contodo #Tocadito #Inolvidable #11pm jajaj
Lee Bul’s Solo Show for Ikon Gallery
Lee Bul's first solo show at Ikon Gallery (@ikongallery) glitters in Birmingham, UK. “Her pieces repeatedly manipulate you through the exhibition, growing around doorways and swallowing you into dark corners,” says Jenine McGaughran, exhibitions coordinator. “We specifically created environments within the gallery so that the works and their surroundings are in constant conversation.”
The works are popular to photograph. “The reflective and refractive surfaces of her glass works also create a dazzling effect,” she says. ” The lens gives the works another element, a new angle at which to view them.”