Inner City Isolated

Fifteen sun-bleached stills from a morning in the inner city Johannesburg neighbourhoods of Newtown and Hillbrow.


Sundry scrap heap.

High noon/face of a city. A garbageman on Diagonal Street.

Negative space, imprisoned.

Head back/head front/hairstyles. A salon in Little Kinshasa.

Free kick.

The hulking Ponte City Apartments loom over a teenager playing basketball. A modernist Apartheid-era “vertical city”, Ponte now sits abandoned and infested with gang warfare. Plans to convert it into a 54-storey prison were recently scrapped in favour of redevelopment.

Leisure, backwards front.

Construction site social groups.

Supply chain.

Nobodied clothes atop the fire escape.

Handrail to the heavens.

V stride.

Indifferent angles.

Barbed window.


Austin Andrews is a Vancouver-based photojournalist and occasional filmmaker with a penchant for finding the fantastic in the everyday. Contact him at austin [at] disposablewords [dot] net


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