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'Seeing Double' Tells A Street Style Story In Johannesburg

Rising Johannesburg-based photographer Nikki Zakkas tells a street style story in Joburg CBD with her 'Seeing Double' fashion editorial.

Nikki Zakkas is a rising Johannesburg-based photographer who recently caught our eye (via We-Are-Awesome) with her colorful street style editorial for South Africa's recently launched Unlabelled Magazine. The shoot stars Soweto-born fashion gurus (and sisters) Tumi and Itumeleng Nko in a series of photos in Joburg CBD. "My work is really about combing my two studied interests fashion and photography," she wrote Okayafrica. With her Seeing Double photos, Zakkas says she intends for the images to act as facilitators for expressing local urban identity. "I hope to tell an interesting and honest fashion story through my photographs," she told us. Below, Zakkas shares more on the story behind Seeing Double.


"I created these images for an up and coming online magazine www.unlabelledmagazine.com. The shoot illustrates how two different positions, or expressions can change the dynamic of a photograph when they are played against each other. The founder of the Unlabelled Magazine, Phendu Kuta, is looking to provide a platform through which to showcase local youth culture and so the creative direction of this shoot was to reflect style as it is seen on the streets of Johannesburg (in this instance colourful, sportswear inspired items, all locally designed, were sourced). Tumi and Itumeleng Nko were selected because they are representative of the neighbourhood societies and subcultures drawn on by the magazine for inspiration. The girls, who I found out about through internet hype around their personal style, are popular, particularly in Dobsonville (a township in greater Soweto) where they are from, for their unique and expressive way of dressing."

H/T We-Are-Awesome

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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