Portrait – Luke Callcott-Stevens and Gavin James, Rainmaker Energy Projects

Portrait – Luke Callcott-Stevens and Gavin James, Rainmaker Energy Projects 

(2013) For the owners of Rainmaker Energy Projects it’s hard to imagine what 40 towering wind turbines will look like, Luke Callcott-Stevens and Gavin James are spending R2.5 billion ($274 million) to find out.

Many scoffed when 28 renewable energy tenders were put out by the South African government.  In 12 months’ time, the programme  breathed new life into an energy starved country that faces tough times.

In just 18 months a few modest farms on the plains of the Eastern Cape, South Africa were transformed into the third largest wind farm in sub-Saharan Africa.  The Dorper Wind Farm will produces 100 megawatts (MW) of energy a year.

“You build a wind farm in 18 months…after four or five years of hard work,” says Callcott-Stevens.

Photography – Jay Caboz

Location – Juta Street, Johannesburg South Africa

I dove into the archives for this photo. It was one of the first stories I did for Forbes Africa in 2013. At the time the Eskom’s Renewable Energy Project (REIPPP) was just a flower blooming, renweable energy was the South African wild west. Now it is one of the few good stories to tell when it comes to South Africa’s power producer.

Because their wind farm hadn’t been built yet, we went conceptual on the shot and I asked them to include the small model wind turbines.

Publication – Forbes Africa Magazine

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Go on Your Own Power Trip – Fashion Shoot with Forbes Woman Africa April-May 2015

This was my first ever fashion shoot – a fun experience and I am sure I will be a lot more work with Forbes Woman Africa in the future.

“The African businesswoman is a woman on the move. For this issue’s fashion spread, I wanted to breathe life into this concept. We wanted the images to speak of the strong inner confidence that a businesswoman needs to make it as an entrepreneur, while at the same time looking fabulous. This is what the entrepreneurial spirit is all about, taking chances and putting yourself out there.”

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Portrait – Selaelo Selota, Musician

Portrait – Selaelo Selota, Musician 

At 17 years old, Selaelo Selota, set to work toiling under the earth risaking his life for $500 a month  at the Deelkraal Gold Mining Company in Carletonville, west of Johannesburg.

“I started earning about R25 ($2.50) a week and later R320 ($32) a month… The di­fference is a loaf of bread was 50 cents then and to catch a bus from Carletonville to Johannesburg was R1.20 ($0.12),” he says.

That was the pay for eight hours of digging in the dark by the light on your helmet. All around are toxins that can kill you. In the darkness you listen for falling rocks that can crush you.

“You learn many things underground, like when you see a snake, you run after it because when it’s running away, the mine is collapsing,” he says.

Here Selota took a great interest in the theater. Through it all, he learned the vibrant music and dances from the many men of the mines.

“There was this old man, I liked the way he was always so well dressed because he was from the city… He took me to Johannesburg where I sat in a few theory classes at the African music and drama association.”

Selota registered for music lessons at the Federal Union for Black Arts (FUBA). Back at the mines the talk of strikes and wage negotiations was a distraction from music that would force him from the mines. During the rise of the National Union of Mineworkers, under Cyril Ramaphosa, they went on strike but were overpowered by soldiers in 1987.

“After a long day of being exhausted with tear gas fumes and waking up from the ground my head became sober. I was like ‘What am I doing here? I’m still young… and I paid money in Johannesburg to study music and I have never been to the music school.”

The next morning Selota took the first train to the city to start classes at FUBA. By day he was a music student; by night he was a miner. He wanted to leave mining to concentrate on his music, but it was not easy.

“I told the manager that I had decided to go to school to study mining mythology so I could come back to work at the mine.”

Johannesburg may have been an escape but the streets of the City of Gold were far from paved with it. Selota spent his first few nights on the floor of the FUBA dance school where he used a curtain as a blanket. For a while he struggled to sleep as all he could feel was the blood pounding in his swollen arms from the years of laboring underground. Playing music came naturally to Selota and before he knew it he was playing at gigs and earning money. After the course he took on a few other small jobs, which led him to the University of Cape Town where he studied Jazz Composition.

Photography – Jay Caboz

Location – Pixley ka Isaka Seme Street, formerly Sauer Street, South Africa

Selota’s career began in the mines and Johannesburg. Located in the hert of Johannesburg, close to the Chmaber of mines there is a mine shaft stautue that we though would best reflect the journey this musician has gone through. For the shoot we asked Selota to bring his guitar and suit and he kindly broke out a few chords. I lit him with a portable off camera flash using a wireless trigger, making him pop in the photo. Luckily the weather was overcast which agve me some nice flat even light.  Selota’s shirt and guitar really stood out in the bland facebrick background.

Publication – Forbes Life Africa Magazine

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New photos from Cape Town 2015 – Jay Caboz

Photo Excursion to Cape Town 2015 – Jay Caboz

Taken from my recent trips to Cape Town 2015. These were taken in February this year in between shoots with Brimstone.

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Bantry Bay, 2015

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Sea Point, 2015

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Sea Point, 2015

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Sea Point, 2015

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I just had to include this series of shots.

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A windy day on Table Mountain

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The view from the top of the cable way

 

 

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In summer, you can catch the cable way to watch the sunset from the top of Table Mountain.

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After watching the sunset, I drive around to Signal Hill to get this panoramic.

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A windy day on Table Mountain, 2015. Delayed exposures of the fynbos blowing in the gusts.

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A windy day on Table Mountain, 2015. Delayed exposures of the fynbos blowing in the gusts.