Collaboration: Mastered interprets South African icon Nelson Mandela as Warrior for Change.

I recently teamed up with the talented Rozi Birk at Image Alchemy and model Nolwazi Kunene to create an editorial series to enter into the popular Collaboration: Mastered. This project is part of a series of opportunities driven by photographer Nick Knight and other leaders in the fashion industry.This short course ran over a month and required participants to collaborate with other professionals in their area to create something out-of-the-box that they would normally think in.

The brief “The Future belongs to Outsiders” suggests that our world is created by the “non-conformists, weirdos, iconoclasts and disrupters”, who’s views often put them in opposition with the mainstream traditions of the time. I couldn’t think of anyone more suitable to represent than our South African hero and world-wide icon of peace: Nelson Mandela. A man who spent a third of his life in solitude due to his unwavering passion for equality.

Together Rozi and I discussed how we could present our leader. We decided to work with metallic geometric shapes, and Rozi suggested a head piece that looks like prison bars but also a crown to represent how Madiba went from being incarcerated to being a leader. We also included tribal aspects to show that he was a warrior for peace. While Rozi crafted the various props and worked on the styling, I sourced Nolwazi as our protagonist. We worked with a female model as I wanted to show equality of not only race, but also sex… Freedom for all. Lastly we decided to work golden tones to represent our city of gold: Johannesburg.

You can see more from this project in the gallery HERE.

 

Collaboration Mastered Warrior for Change fashion editorial inspired by Nelson Mandela struggle for freedom illustrated with metallic geometric elements in tones of gold for Collaboration: Mastered. Photography and Retouching Natalie Field

Collaboration Mastered Warrior for Change fashion editorial inspired by Nelson Mandela struggle for freedom illustrated with metallic geometric elements in tones of gold for Collaboration: Mastered. Photography and Retouching Natalie Field

Credits
Capture & Retouch | Natalie Field Photography
Styling & Props | Rozi Birk at Image Alchemy
MUAH | Rozi Birk at Image Alchemy
Model | Nolwazi Kunene