09 November 2022

Cape Town Portraits

Spending some time in Cape Town after a commissioned shoot, Ryan asked the CD about upcoming projects. He explained that he was working on a campaign to work with real drug users to communicate the importance of carrying life-saving anti-opioid overdose medication. A local guide explained that he knew some locations around the townships of Cape Town that face challenges with drug-use, and proposed visiting the area to photograph the people and share information about this medicine.

Recognising the sensitivity of the situation but understanding the importance of such a project, Ryan, a producer, local guides and security planned how they could carry out the project safely. Together, they drove into one of the townships in the evening and photographed the people there. Ryan emphasised the importance of working with the community to create the photographs, ensuring the people felt respected.

These are the images. Truthful and raw.