Jasmine Waddell came back from her first research trip to South
Africa and had the photos developed, she was disappointed to see
that they did not correspond with her own view of the country.
were stereotypical tourist snapshots rather than windows to a place
that she had come to care deeply about.
black and white photos carefully portray both people and landscapes
and manage to focus on people living in abject poverty without
being exploitative or sensationalist.
is an American doctoral student in Oxford, working on a thesis on
social welfare and citizenship in South Africa.
knew that she would be returning to South Africa to gather more
material, and started studying photography specifically for that
the back of her mind was the thought that good photos might be useful
to help raise support for ILITHA, an organisation that she has founded
to help create educational opportunities for children in rural South
motivation for starting to learn more about how to use a camera
was a very practical one.
something happened on the way and by the time she left for South
Africa again, in January of this year, photography had become a
passion in its own right.
of her photos from that trip are currently showing at the Jericho
time, they are far from classic tourist shots. The black and white
photos carefully portray both people and landscapes and manage to
focus on people living in abject poverty without being exploitative
café visitors can rest their eyes on captured moments of everyday
life – on images of joy and of seriousness.
others can see South Africa through Jasmine’s eyes.