It gives me great pleasure to reveal that my first ever cover shoot for FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Magazine is of Winnie and Zindzi Mandela.
I have been holding in the excitement for months waiting for this to hit the shelves. It finally arrived on my desk this morning.
Winnie Mandela gave us an exclusive interview in her house, in ‘the Angola Room’, in Soweto. An amazing and inspirational woman who has dedicated her life to human rights. I quote that she said to me “You really are an energetic photographer.”
Zindzi is no less of an inspiration. She is canny businesswoman, incredibly media savvy, and is currently South Africa’s ambassador-designate to Denmark.
The shoot was made all the more special when Winnie came downstairs in her traditional ceremonial attire, worn for a year in honor of Nelson Mandela’s passing. It was therefore completely apt that Zindzi would bring along a black designer dress, the last time worn at the royal premier of Long Walk to Freedom in London where she first heard the news that her father had passed away.
The story written by FORBES WOMAN AFRICA‘s editor Methil Renuka is one you cannot miss out on. Pick it up off the shelves as soon as you can. Winnie and Zindzi’s journey over the last year to cope with Mandela’s death is laid bare. I was fortunate to have witnessed this interview in person. It will remain with me for years to come.
There was no doubt in my mind that this photoshoot had to be given justice to the content and I was very happy with the outcome.
It’s hard to believe that almost a year ago I was outside Mandela’s house in Houghton photographing the many people leaving bouquets of flowers and letters to his memory; or the my rainy 5AM wait with thousands outside the FNB Stadium to witness the Nelson Mandela Memorial Service; or the queues and queues of thousands more lining up to see the former President’s body at the Union Buildings. It made the meeting with Winnie and Zindzi even more special.
To finish you won’t believe it, but I did this whole shoot with just a flash, an LED light and a reflector. No serious lighting equipment was used since it was a spur of the moment story.