Blind Man's Blues, 1970s
I would sometimes see him in the late afternoon heading for Park Station to take a train to Soweto, carrying a guitar case, his other hand on the shoulder of a young teen carrying his amplifier and car battery. No doubt a relative who helped him to negotiate the dangers of the city streets. The power of Depth Charge’s music is evident in the way the young axeman aspirant is leaning forward to get a close look at his fingering and picking. Leaning against the wall is his white cane to guide him. At his feet the tiny bowl for donations. I hope the young boy went on to become a musician on stages larger than the streets. A1 or A2
Giles Hugo is a photographer, writer and journalist who first wielded a 35mm camera with intent in late 1968 in his native South Africa.
Working in newspapers there and in Swaziland taught him a range of photographic skills —shooting, developing and printing a photo in under 45 minutes, or less, and tackling any subject from portraits to beauty pageants, soccer, motor sport, boxing, ghetto jazz and rock musicians, and street life. Most of that was black and white work, with an occasional roll of slide film for special projects and artistic exploration. He upgraded through 35mm SLRs to Leica rangefinders and various lenses. He still enjoys using older lenses, mostly Leica and Canon, to explore subjects and qualities of light.