Kea Bona – I See
I was truly blessed last Friday morning, to launch a new project together with my friends Deon Brits and Jurgen Marx, at St Ansgars school near Lanseria in Johannesburg. Entitled “Kea Bona” meaning “I See” the project aims to impart photographic as well as a combination of writing, blogging and social media skills to youths who would otherwise have limited exposure and insight into such pursuits.
Speaking to around 400 youths at their school assembly on a chilly Friday morning, brought back many memories of a time long past in my life. The overwhelming interest and desires sparked in these young hearts that morning overflowed into many questions and excited enquiries thereafter. From requests for me to design matric farewell dresses, to sample fashion designs offered for review, the atmosphere of excitement and anticipation was tangible and electric. It brought about a renewed sense of vigour within me for these passions, which I am blessed to practice each day.
Based on the subject “The three things that have impacted me the most in the last month” students were tasked with tapping into this rich source of inspiration and recording their thoughts; either in the form of a 300-word essay, or in six photographs or a combination of the two mediums. These submissions, due later this month, will form the basis for a process of selection that will see 20 students form a group that will be taught about photography, writing, blogging and social media.
By offering tuition in these key areas, the project seeks to expose young people to new skill sets that will serve them well in a world dominated by the advent of social media. I will be covering the writing, blogging and social media elements while Jurgen Marx will be imparting his photographic talents to our intrepid group of youths. Students will be encouraged to not only think outside the box, but also to view the world around them in a new way and consider possibilities never before contemplated.
Jurgen is a professional portrait photographer based in Joburg as well as the official photographer for the 2014 Mmusi Maimane for Premier campaign. Check him out on the web, on Facebook and Instagram.
It is a humbling experience to be involved in a project that seeks to affirm a sense of self-worth within a youth culture that is not always celebrated as such. Being in a position to share key skills that the Lord has so graciously blessed me with, drives me to see more people realise dreams and desires that they possibly have not even contemplated as yet.
Check out Kea Bona on Facebook, be a champ and give the page a like!
Our Friday morning outing was also an awesome opportunity to wear my newly acquired Woodiz wooden bowtie. No use speaking as a fashion blogger if you don’t look the part! This bow tie really upped the ante and was a huge hit amongst the youngsters.
PHOTOGRAPHY CREDIT: Jurgen Marx