A lot comes to mind when you think of South Africa’s capital of Gauteng province, Johannesburg, and a neon-filled futuristic cityscape resembling a mix of Blade Runner and Suspiria is not one of them. However what we see before us from photographer Elsa Bleda’s captivating photo series depicts the bustling city is such a light; the scenes show us parts of the city that most of us have probably never seen before. A beautifully haunting side to Jozi that seems as enticing as it does deadly. While the majority of the shots showcase the urban landscape of Johannasburg, there’s a few in there that were actually shot the city of Durban, but either way, it’s an impressive look at the undertones of South Africa as a whole.
I’ve always had a deep love and passion for East Asian cinema, for directors such as Wong Kar-wai, Park Chan-wook, Kim Ki-duk.
In an interview with Hunger Magazine, Bleda describes what she looks for when she heads out hunting, “often quiet corners and places, lights that evoke my imagination, small details. Anything that moves me.” She goes on to explain her artistic inspiration, which draws lines that connect to her own artistic approach when it comes to photography. “I’ve always had a deep love and passion for East Asian cinema, for directors such as Wong Kar-wai, Park Chan-wook, Kim Ki-duk. From my favourite movie Blade Runner to Dario Argento’s gothic cinema and David Lynch’s elusive vision, there are so many works out there that appeal to my aesthetic.”
While the shots featured in this particular shoot includes a diverse range of locations, from the side of buildings, to eerie ports, to a strangely alluring Chinatown, they all share the same veil of illuminating curiosity. Have a look through the images featured in the gallery above the jump to know what we mean, and click here to follow more of Elsa Bleda’s work.