Thursday, October 25, 2007

Hairy Inner City Art

I noticed this captivating photo by Carolyn Gavin of Designer Blog from a series of Barber shop pics she took some years ago in South Africa.

It made me think of some of the Make-shift Inner City Hair Salons we have in Durban.

They are all over the place, and I am always intrigued by the naive art which is used by the hair stylists to advertises their profession.

It brings a touch of life and humour to the harshness of the city.

Thanks to my son, who drove me around so I could snap these pics out of the car window! It was definitely a case of "Drive-by Photo Shooting"!


carolyn said...

very interesting... i remember something similar when i did this years back. now it seems a bit more organized with tents and signage!

Estelle said...

As I've said before - I just love SA and the entrepreneurs we have.
I'll be on the look-out in Jozi (Joburg) - I'm not sure if our salons are this creative yet.

Xander said...

Sweet photos- there was a barbershop in Seapoint with a sign that I often admired. The thing that really grabbed me though was seeing the newspaper hanging on the street-lamp; that's such a distinctive feature of the South African urban landscape. I miss getting my news on my morning commute. -X