Samora Chapman is a content specialist with skills in writing, photography, film and visual art. He is a freelancer based in Durban, South Africa, and contributes his work to various printed publications, websites and journals. He also supplies words and images to marketing, media and corporate clients. His interests range from street culture to fine art, fashion, sport, adventure and the environment. His specialty is getting under the skin of the city he lives in, finding the beauty and the humanity between the hard urban edges, with an artist’s eye.
Meet Pappa, one of the most innovative busker/street performers I’ve met in a while. It took him a year to build his ‘Ford Ranger’ bicycle artwork, which he rides around Northdale, a downtown suburb of Pietermaritzburg. “It protects me from the weather, and all the people love my bike,” he says before he heads off into to traffic like it aint no thing.
Portrait of the Deputy Director of the Africa Health Research Institute, outside the Institute’s Durban Research Campus at the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine.
“I was staying at the London West Hollywood hotel on Sunset Boulevard along with a handful of other South African journalists who’d hit the crackpot. The view from the roof of the hotel overlooked Los Angeles bathed in honey-gold light. Whoop there it is – the silver-screen mecca of the western world. A beautiful illusion…” Full story on THE LAKE.
FOOTNOTES IN THE CITY
Follow brothers Mook Lion and Samora Chapman as they explore the struggling street art and graffiti scenes in Durban, South Africa – talking to some of the colourful characters that run the underground and questioning the relevance of the art form in this vibrant African metropolis…
Full story on Between10&5