A mix of documentary, street and commercial photography – Obakeng Molepe

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Who is Obakeng Molepe and what do you do?
Obakeng Molepe is a photographer, graphic designer and videographer from the Westrand of Johannesburg. I work as an assistant photographer at Red hot Ops and I also do alot of freelance work as a photographer, graphic designer and videographer.

How would you define your style of fashion?
I basically take documentary and street fashion photography and give it a commercial look and feel.

What inspires you and your work?
 I look up to like Steve Tanchel and Ross Garret. I think the circle of people that I’ve chosen to surround myself with also inspire my work.

Tell us about “The Truth About Denim “?
I simply documented what denim wear is to people who live in the townships, like pantsula dancers.  I shot using street fashion photography styles then applied the look and feel of commercial photography.

The Truth About Denim aims to change people’s perspective about township fashion. To enable a brand such as Levi’s to realise that they have a huge market in Townships.

What are you currently working on?
I’m working on a new project that I’m going to pitch to GQ magazine. I’m Also still working on “The Truth About Denim” trying to get it out to the mass market.

What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
In the wise words of a famous Canadian rapper, Aubrey Drake Graham, ‘Do You’… Lol!

Where can our readers follow your work?
Find me on Twitter @Red_Screen or on Instagram @Red_Screen_Photography

 

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