In 2008 I shot and submitted an image for Design Indaba’s feature “Macro”. It was the first time I worked with the magazine and was super happy to have my image full print on page one. The Mag had invited creatives from South Africa to submit macro photography for a pictorial and for whatever reason this idea had occurred to me.
Design Indaba, 4th Quarter 2008 cover.
I was still teaching part time at Ruth Prowse School of Art at this time and one of my students had contact with a beekeeper who I in turn contacted for some dead bees to use for this shoot.
I asked a friend who obliging posed for the shot. The bees where not smelling so great by this time, but, the images where worth it. Ive only ever used the one file but here are a few more from the shoot that I like.
In 2010 I worked with Design Indaba on a concept which they ran over a period of months. We shot 4 images in studio which incorporated product from their designers.
Some of the images where used in print as double page spreads advertising their website and online shopping porthole which was newish at the time and some images where used more as landing pages with the visible products being clickable links to the designers pages.
The shoots took place at two separate sessions and with the assistance of Michelle Liao who was then with Design Indaba (now has her own stunning design brand Michl).
The final 4 images for their project below:
Design Indaba has since become an online publication only (as apposed to a print mag which they ran fem 2001 to 2011). It’s an amazing platform for local design and creativity, from their site:
Design Indaba inspires and empowers people to create a better future through design and creativity. We are an online publication (designindaba.com) with an annual Festival and social impact do tank.
Design Indaba has become a respected institution on the global creative landscape, based on the foundation of our annual Festival that has attracted and showcased the world’s brightest talent since 1995. We have broadened our through-the-year offering with our online design publication that features the best of the world’s creativity and attracts over half a million visitors each year. Through these channels we champion noteworthy design, facilitate and produce creative projects, support creative businesses and run educational initiatives.
Many of the local brands we worked with on these shoots were ones I had worked with on a previous fashion pictorial for DI in early 2010 called Sentient Cool which had had a similar but much sleeker showcase type theme to this project and where I had sourced all items directly off the Design Indaba Expo in February of 2010.
More from the advertorial project with them below.
I think these two magazines where from their last run before the brand stopped their quarterly print issue.