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365 Portraits of Strangers
Day 70 -
“Simphiwe the Artist”
Tonight I was invited to Blue Downs to go meet this amazing guy, Simphiwe, who was born with no arms or legs and lives with his Mother, sister and 4 other guys in their 2 bed roomed house. It was one of the most moving experiences to date listening to some of his struggles of not being mobile and most of all, not being able to wash himself for his 33 years on this earth. He also used to have a wheelchair, but it became unusable, so now he uses a skateboard when to move around. When he gets sad though, he gets out his pens, his paper pad and his creativity is expressed through some amazing art. He drew the American flag for us and it was incredible to watch it all happen before my eyes. There is a great organization being assembled to help Simphiwe get mobile and their goal won’t stop there. The plan is to give him a better quality life and to fulfill one of Simphiwe’s biggest dreams, to drive!
This is Dean and I met him this evening outside one of Cape Towns up and coming hangouts, Lefty’s. He is originally from Johannesburg but moved to Cape Town about 4 years ago! After living here for a year though, he followed his Belgium girlfriend to Lesotho for a year. He has since moved back to this side of the country where he has so many awesome memories, of which 95% are so good he can’t remember much of them! That’s right, Cape Town is one helluva party if that’s what you want to make of it! At the end of our chat, he told me he doesn’t have an Instagram account, but that he is good mates with one of Jozi’s favorite instagrammer’s, @roywrench. Good to meet you Dean and I’m sure I’ll see you around soon!
#DailySunset - Day 800 | “Feeding time” | This guy just stood there and fed these guys their dinner. I wish I’d had my flash on me for this but ugh, you can’t get them all. Thanks to everyone for your continued support on this crazy journey and my loving obsession for sunsets. Here’s to 200 more 🍻 (at Camps Bay Beach)
Say hi to Zeena, who I found in District 6 this afternoon just sitting here all by herself. I told her about my project and asked if she would be interested in chatting for 5 minutes, which was welcomed by a smile and a gentle yes. She is originally from Manenberg but has been living in the City where she can with friends for the last 27 years and has 3 daughters between 7 and 13 years old. For work, she helps out in the community and sweeps agrees when she can get a space, but other than that, she doesn’t have a job. I asked her what her saddest moments in life have been and she said it was times like today where she has nobody to talk to so she just sits there, closes her eyes and thinks of her daughters and makes herself happy like that. She told me as I was leaving that I made her day and to hear that made my day and weekend complete.
Another stranger becomes friend! (at District Six)