Hi there, here are the top Instagram picks of March 2018. This was the first month in which I really got posting on a daily basis and this selection reflects the images that people responded to most enthusiastically. The response was not always what I had expected so I’ve learned a lot about what appeals to the public. I enjoy stepping back and letting others tell me what they like! Enjoy them.
Quick’s Hairdressing Saloon – This is a proper African hair salon in Mbabane Swaziland. I love the misspelling of salon as saloon. It is a completely natural image with no-one looking at the camera, posing or smiling. Lots of natural African textures.
I named this ‘The Budgie Smuggler’ and it’s easy to see why. Such a lovely blue swimming costume, typical of the 1960s. His pose is all about happy relaxation at the beach. The photo was taken at Dalebrook Tidal Pool in Kalk Bay, Cape Town. A special image for me because I love this pool and swim there often.
This amazing woman! Her pure white pompadour is perfect in every photo. All the women in her family wore their hair in this style. On the beach she wears sandals with little heels and sports the brightest, most funky swimming costumes. All her clothes are stunning, in fact, and are the best style examples of the decade.
From a Mowbray, Cape Town family comes this gem of a photo. Twin daughters pose with a Volkwagen Beetle while their mother leans on the top. A fresh and happy image, no wonder it got such a great response.
The lion in his cage at Groote Schuur Zoo in about 1960. Many of us remember going to this zoo as children and feeding the buck that roamed freely between the parking area and the mountain slopes. The zoo was laid out to reflect prevailing ideas about the animal kingdom, which placed the lion’s cage at the center of things. With the mountain backdrop it really was an impressive sight. The zoo closed in the late 1970s and is now derelict. Since closing it has been a favorite of students from nearby UCT. I have even been to a dramatic nighttime performance in the lion’s cage.
I posted this pair of photos together. Two buskers dressed to fit their music and the settings they chose to work in. Their facial expressions and poses, as well as coin collection cases all suit the scene, which is so suggestive you can almost hear the music.
1970s South Africa. I chose this slide because the Holiday Inn sign makes a very striking image. At a second glance, however, it has a humorous and dark side. The message below was fun and appealing at the time, possibly, but now the sexist language really jars. A sign of the times!