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OpenxChange is a collaborative/experimental platform committed
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We bring together diverse thinkers and creators who are driven by curiosity, humanity, inquisition and passion to solve challenges that propel nations and organisations forward. OpenxChange exists to turn ideas into realities that shape a better tomorrow for our society.

Andile Bhala

Photographer

Biography

Photography has been a beacon in my life. The streets of Soweto with their bustling life, noise, smiles and legends in the making compel me to traverse this vast space in search of stories. My bicycle, music playlist, red backpack and lenses are my companions as I seek to see beyond the obvious, beyond the stereotypes. I document the truth with an unwavering belief in the power of the human spirit to overcome the mundane and the complex.

I defend Soweto when It’s in deep slumber. I believe in people and the simple aspects of Ubuntu in everyday life. Street photography allows me to observe and document life in all aspects of grandeur and the minutiae tenderness and joys of being. Through the camera, I seek to find myself and continue to learn from the streets. I’m drawn to moments that tell stories of dualities and contrasts of life in Soweto. The rawness of the streets is integral to the work. I try not to manipulate the image. The reality in the image must not be lost. I challenge myself to see beyond the cacophony of the environment, to capture its beauty.

My subjects have a story to tell, some tender and some harsh. My goal is to share a slice of Soweto in a positive way. If I can inspire a young boy to choose photography over drugs then my duty to Soweto will be meaningful. I want those who see my work to look more carefully at the world around them, to discover the beauty in the most unlikely places.

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