Pleas(e) help – A walk in the streets of Johannesburg

Photography is all about contrasts!

I love contrasts, it’s in my DNA and I often try to show the bright face of a place but also the dark face.

It’s not really easy because when I go somewhere people want to show me the best of themself and of their country. It’s very kind of them but as a photographer it’s important for me to also see what’s bad or sad.

You know, wherever you can go in this world there’s always a shiny face and a face that we usually refuse to see. It’s human.

And people can hardly understand that everything has to be show. It’s not easy to explain people that I don’t want to dénigrate or blame a place, a city or a country. My sole intention is to bring testimony with my photographs, not to judge and even less to reduce a place to its dark side.

I took today this picture at a crossroads in a quite rich area around Johannesburg, at Bryanston. The sun was shining heavily and I saw this woman begging along the road, protected to the sun thanks to her umbrella, her kid next to her.

Pleas help

The contrast here is of course between this poor woman and the luxurious cars passing next to her. But despite this huge contrast, there were no aggressivity in her sight, no envy towards all these cars, just the daily fate.

There is something really different between beggars I know in France and those here.

A social aids system in France that supports laziness!

In France, if you don’t give money, they insult you as everyone had to help them without doing anything in return. But when you give them money, they use it to buy wine or beer to get drunk! And they’re always complaining!

Living thanks to the charity shouldn’t be a way of living if you’re healthy. And they often are!

Well, these people in France are very rude and I would say that they deserve what happening to them. It exists a lot of aids dedicated to them to help them to find a job or by giving them money. Imagine these people earn more than 400€ every month from the public aid (issued from taxes) just to do… nothing but drink alcool.

And french people wonder why this country is falling down, so many people to help without requesting any pay back… They should have a look around and start to work instead of complaining all the time!

Well, I’m really a true native french, I’m complaining now in my posts!

Bad habit! 🙂

10 Comments

  1. you say above

    “In France, if you don’t give money, they insult you as everyone had to help them without doing anything in return. But when you give them money, they use it to buy wine or beer to get drunk! And they’re always complaining!”

    Well please substitute “South Africa” for France for this picture as that is the way it is there. How do I know – I have to experience it daily.

  2. this is a remarkably naive, arrogant and unnuanced piece of thinking. I sincerely hope you never have a reason to review your point of view, although it would probably do you good if you pretend to “show everything”…

    • Lol :). Et pourtant plus je voyage et plus je me rends compte à quel point on est arriéré en France à croire qu’on est les meilleurs ! Un de ces 4 il va vraiment falloir prendre conscience que ce n’est plus un train qu’on a laissé passer, mais 2 ou 3 🙁

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