The woman in the background is of Shangaan tradition. What she is wearing is called a minceka- 2 rectangular cloths tied on each side of the shoulder, then crisscrossed across the body- worn with a layered skirt underneath, which creates the bulge underneath. That skirt is called a Shibelani/Xibelani.
funny how lots of people want to see ‘the woman in the background’. they see an african woman in a headwrap and a burden on her head and see it as more ‘exotic’ or ‘authentic’. interesting. that is why i love your shots Scott because you photograph what you see not what is perceived to be ‘typical’ of a place or people.
yep this S.A man loves him camel coat and he looks amazing in it.
I’m sorry, but you have absolutely no way of being able to make that assumption – he could have bought the shoes, or assuming they are golf shoes, he could be a golf player. You have no way of assuming that he is/was a caddy.
I was in the Peace Corps in Africa, and this picture makes me so nostalgic for that time in my life. I have a feeling the whole series of photos from S. Africa is going to be the same way. It’s the way his face looks like a map of his life, that’s what really takes me back there.
Thank you for helping me relive the memories. Much appreciated.
Nice shot! I love the contrast in this photo: the modest western style of the man and the vibrant colors that the lady is wearing. The expression of the man is interesting, makes me wonder what his story is.
Love this photo a lot! For those interested, the woman in the background is wearing a traditional Tsonga outfit; very commonly seen in downtown Joburg on Tsonga women, for some reason mostly on those that sell food and other things on the streets.
It’s refreshing to see real people Scott… I love fashion but that’s what really captivated me of your site at the beginning. This images say so much about the person, the clothes talk about the person, and say great things that are not “look at me, please look at me”. It ca be a bit tireing to see such eagerness for something ephimerous. That’s not what fashion is about, to me anyway… Again, some fresh air. Thanks
This is one of the best photos of the year. There is a depth to this guy that I rarely see in many of the over-dressed youngsters photographed in the parks of NYC and Paris, and the streets of Milan and London. I love seeing people with a sense of personal style, and I think that style is something that older people have that the 40-and-under set try, unsuccessfully, to buy.
You’re showing that there is beauty everywhere, we just need to slow down to see it. Thank you for sharing this photo! I LOVE simple elegance he exudes. You can tell there are lots of stories underneath!