I am very honoured to be featured on My Day With, a project by French photographer and filmmaker, Bony Ska, and writer and photographer, Catherine Rudolph. My Day With, Catherine and Bony spend a day in the life of a person they choose. They follow them around, documenting the process using writing, film photography and video. The results are an in-depth article about the chosen character, a series of images and an accompanying short film.
For my My Day With, I took Bony and Catherine to the house where I grew up near Kommetjie, then my studio in the Cape Town CBD.
You can see the full article, images and video here.
In the past few years, David has had three exhibitions in which he drew on his own family history to explore the faux pas of white masculinity. As he says, being a young white male in South Africa today comes with a heavy cultural inheritance. In both society and the media, the white male is often – and not unjustly – characterised as the oppressor, the supremacist. While history holds much evidence for these labels, if one happens to be a young white man in South Africa, it is a dark cloud that can hang over one’s head. So David began a quest to “make peace with being a man.”
My grandfather John Wood was one of South Africa’s most prominent reptile experts, snake catchers and snake show-men. Over a period of sixty years he caught thousands of snakes, spiders, scorpions, lizards and frogs for both medical research and the development of snake and spider antivenoms. Wood was a prolific poet, photographer and filmmaker, and shared his great passion for reptiles through these mediums as well as with his traveling snake show, which toured the country from the 1950-70s.
This film was shot by Wood during the 1950ies and 1960ies, before the introduction of television in South Africa. At the time it was the only footage of its kind and was shown in lecture halls across the country. Medical students, doctors, vets, nature conservationists and interested parties watched with fascination. The purpose of the film was to show how snakes were caught and how antivenoms were produced. View it with this in mind.
It is the first time that the film has been seen publicly in over 30 years, and was recently screened at my recent solo exhibition, SNAKE MAN, which was held at SMITH Gallery from 19 November 2015 – 9 January 2016.
Recently I had the privilege to work on a project with some very talented and dear friends at Popsicle Studios. The mural was shot over 3 days, and was the biggest project of its kind that I have worked on so far.
Atlantic Crossing 2013
Cape Town, South Africa to St Martin, Dutch Antilles, Caribbean.
6000 Nautical Miles, 42 Days.
Skipper: Justin de Toranto
First Mate: Alex Willemse
Deck-hand: David Brits
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