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New Women looks at how the roles of women in African society are changing. New social opportunities have opened up in Africa in recent times that represent of some of the broader shifts within the international community to engage with gender-related social issues and confront the status-quo. New Women follows small groups of all-female anti-poaching units combatting the proliferation of illegal wildlife trafficking in South Africa. The project explores both working and domestic lives, navigating the mergence between changing attitudes and changing identities. It explores how changing sentiment in Africa is resultant from increased engagement with the rest of the world through politics, technology and investment. Importantly, New Women looks at the individual and explores how basic changes regarding the role of women in African society can lead to impactive social development and have lasting positive effects for the people in need.

Mitchells Plain confronts some of the issues faced by young people in Cape Town, exploring youth's relationship with their country's turbulent history and how they are encountering the future. The area Mitchells Plain forms part of the Cape Flats and originated under apartheid as a purpose-built relocation area for non-white communities extracted from Cape Town’s inner-city. Its gridded structure resembles colonial cantonment and was designed to permanently separate people from wider economic and social participation. Today, however, a sense of belonging in the area holds strong; this project engages with those people on their journeys as they confront history through positive change. The work especially brings learners in South Africa's ailing education system into the spotlight, depicting children and young adults as they enter life and search for meaning in this modern world. Importantly, Mitchells Plain seeks to critique common perceptions surrounding youth on the Cape Flats.

Both projects were shot entirely on film.


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His work explores female identity in South Africa. Having recently returned from working in the country, Justin's editorial projects New Women and Mitchells Plain look to venerate emerging social roles in South Africa whilst providing a narrative that confronts the idea of positive change. He continues to develop his projects and seeks to further his practice with a Documentary Photography MA course starting later this year.

Awards / Exhibitions


MOPLA Analogue Portrait Project, Los Angeles


Shortlisted BJP Portrait of Britain, London
Finalist AOP Student Awards, London
Finalist Saatchi Young Artist Prize, London

Features / Publications


Portrait of Britain — Hoxton Mini Press
Float Photo Magazine — People Against Poaching
AINT-BAD Magazine — People Against Poaching

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