South Africa

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Being for the Other follows an all-female anti-poaching unit addressing social influences contributing to 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 sentiment in South Africa regarding gender-based social inequalities relates to its progressive engagement with the rest of the world through politics, technology and investment. Importantly, Being for the Other looks at the individual and explores how fundamental changes in society can lead to sustained social development and effectively confront the issue of poaching.

Polis looks at some of the issues faced by young people in Mitchells Plain Cape Town, exploring different attitudes within a shared context overshadowed by violence and gang-culture. Throughout communities on the Cape Flats is a noticeable sense of belonging - this project creates a dialogue to interpret responses to social setting through cultural identity. The work abandons sensationalised views of dominant gang-culture in Mitchells Plain, depicting children and young adults as they enter life and search for meaning in this world. Crucially, Polis seeks to provide a first-hand interpretation of common perceptions surrounding youth on the Cape Flats through an intimate social dialogue.

Both projects are shot entirely on film.

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Justin's work researches the relation between culture and identity in South Africa. His editorial projects Being for the Other and Polis explore his own relationship with South Africa's history in a post-colonial context. He continues to develop the projects and starts the MA Documentary Photography at The University of South Wales later this year.

Awards / Exhibitions


Lucie Foundation Photo Taken Grant — Shortlisted
Life Framer Youthhood — Shortlisted
The Independent Photographer — Group Show Barcelona & Berlin
Lucie Foundation MOPLA Analogue Portrait Project — Group Show Los Angeles


BJP Portrait of Britain — Shortlisted
AOP Student Awards — Group Show London
Saatchi Young Artist Prize — Group Show London

Features / Publications


It's Nice That
New European Photography — Fresh Eyes x GUP Magazine
Untitled — Curated by Henry Jay Kamara x Vibbar


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

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