Tropical Heat

This is a fashion shoot I did for the December issue of Get It. I wanted to represent Durban in the summer time, instead of going for a Christmas themed magazine cover, I though tropical would be more fun. Seeing as everything tropical, floral and botanical is trending, it seemed like the direction to take.

Colleen Eitzen is a well known Durban fashion designer and she has some amazing pieces in her latest range, so I asked her if she would be willing to let us use her clothing for a shoot, and she was more then happy. 

I then found the amazingly beautiful Ayanda Thabethe to model for us. Born and raised in Durbs, Ayanda now lives in Johannesburg presenting a TV show called BET A- list, as well as being the face of Legit Clothing. She was so lovely to work with. We were lucky to catch Ayanda down in Durban on that weekend, and she jetted off to JHB as soon as we wrapped up with the shoot. 

Many thanks must go out to the ladies that helped to make this possible

Camilla, my forever trusted stylist - you are my super star! 

Camilla is a fabulous fashion and beauty blogger, you can find her online here

Kay-Leigh Heneke from Fancy Fiction for the gorgeous, fresh summer makeup look

and finally to Audacia Manor for hosting us .

Here are the pages from the magazine and the cover. I absolutely love them. 




Triangles

A story and images I did for the December issue of Get It Magazine. I really loved doing this, there is such a different world to mine, existing in this space. 

Check out their facebook page  The Markets Of Warwick

The story follows the pictures xxx

Markets of Warwick, where a swirl of cultures meet 

By: Robyn Jessica Botha

Take 500 000 feet, a mixture of cultures, add glorious colours, sights, sounds and fragrances, a Pandora’s box of treasures and you’ll experience Durban’s Markets of Warwick in all their splendour.

Wandering around these markets is a thrill for your senses as you follow the aroma of over 100 spices at the iconic Victoria Street market, to the billows of steam coming up and out of the Bovine Head Market.

There are 9 distinct markets that make up this bustling area, with over 5000 vendors. Starting at the Victoria Street Market and then moving onto The Impepho and Lime Market, The Brook Street Market, The Bovine Head Market, Early Morning Market, The Bead Market, The Berea Station Market and the Herb Market, we explored this melting pot of quintessential Durban culture.

Warwick Triangle remains unexplored to many Durbanites. It has a reputation for being part of the underskirts of the city, a dangerous place to be and as a result it is underestimated for what it has to offer.

In an effort to show tourists (and locals) the energy, vibrancy and day-to-day activities The Markets of Warwick tour was created. The tour was an initiative of the local traders, with the assistance of the NGO Asiye e Tafuleni. It has not only benefited the traders and their livelihood, but has boosted the local tourism industry.

Getting a renewed and refreshed perspective on our city is exactly what the tour is all about. This two hour exploration delves into the lives of the many people who commute through this area on a daily basis. Being the public transportation hub of Durban, there are 23 taxi ranks, 19 bus terminals and two major train stations in the vicinity. With such a large volume of foot traffic through the area stretching back 100 years ago, when it was first established by Indian merchants, it is no wonder it has flourished into the scale of marketplace it is today.

The tour begins within the brightly painted pink building that is the Victoria Street Market. It is predominantly an Indian spice and flea market. In here you will find a mix of African curios, art, jewellery, food and Chinese wholesale goods. Aside from that almost anything and everything in between. The shop owners stand outside and offer wide smiles as they beckon you into their shops, to view the goods on offer.

Leaving the safety of the Victoria Street Market, and heading out into the urban jungle that is Warwick Triangle, the first stop is The Brook Street Market. Racks of brightly coloured ethnic clothing, mostly hand made on site by the vendors is on display. This street has an interesting history, as the grave of Saint Badsha Peer is located next door and is considered a mystical Muslim Heritage site. It still serves as a place of worship to this day. The cemetery is one of the only sites containing three religious groups, Christian, Muslim and Jewish. Just next to the shrine is a thoroughfare, where music blares and brightly coloured clothing billows in the breeze.

From there it’s onto the Lime and Impepho Market. This area is situated under one of the large bridges that connects the N3 highway directly to the city. The sound of cars flying overhead echoes down to the market below. Ladies proudly display balls of red and white lime, used for various purposes including as paint for pottery and as sunscreen. On the other side is where you will find the Impepho, a traditional incense used to communicate with the ancestors.  

On from here, we head upstairs to The Berea Station Market, straight away your nose is filled with the fragrance of delicious fresh foods. This is the breakfast stop, where you can grab your meal for the day before catching the train to work. Along these corridors are various clothing and everyday items for sale like DVDs, belts, wallets and traditional Zulu spears and shields.

The Early Morning Market is next, a huge warehouse filled with every fresh fruit vegetable and flower you can imagine. Bowls crammed with carrots and tomatoes go for only R5. Incense wafts down the rows and rows of incredible fresh produce that is available here, at the most reasonable prices in town.

The Bovine Market gets its name from the meat obtained from cow’s heads,. This meat is considered a delicacy in Zulu culture. The market is outside the Early Morning Market, with a dizzying hive of activity next to it in the form of a taxi rank. People gather here for lunch at long tables where they feast on dumplings, rice and beef.

The Music Bridge Market is next and leads directly to the intriguing Herb Market. Cameras are not welcome here. This refuge from the rest of the triangle is located on an abandoned motor way off-ramp, it is where traditional healers and herb sellers sell their products far above the buzz of the markets below. It’s a herb pharmacy, filled with all kinds of bags of crushed plants, bark and roots that promise to cure almost any ailment.

This is the final stop of the tour before heading back to the Victoria Street Market. A sensory overload, this is an eclectic and vibrant experience that everyone should explore. It gives one a better sense of the story of how the space has been transformed over the past 20 years. It is now a safe and efficient market place for people to sell and shop. A vast maze of bridges, pavements and corridors that work together to make up the Warwick Junction Market.

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