Among the many motivations of photographers and creatives today is to foster equality, encourage diversity, and celebrate the harmony they create. In one of his personal street photography projects, South African-born Kevin Goss-Ross realizes this inspiration by documenting the different kinds of people he came across along a stretch of the KwaZulu-Natal coast. Documentary photography is often geared towards raising awareness about important social issues and injustices. But as Kevin demonstrates in his personal project called The Mile, it can also be a powerful tool in inspiring people to embrace diversity. His vehicle for illustrating this idea is the beach, which he sees as a place of convergence for all kinds of cultures, backgrounds, and classes.
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Photographer Kevin Goss-Ross is a self-taught photographer working professionally for the past 7 years. Born in Pretoria, South Africa, and raised on the coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal, he moved to Dublin in 2012. After studying graphic design at the Durban University of Technology and slogging it out in dirty alternative nightclubs and bars shooting music he sold his soul and started doing commercial and editorial work which, much to his dismay, he liked a lot.
And that’s how we’re brought to the Thinkhouse X series. The shoot was done for the agency Thinkhouse in Dublin and this image in particular was inspired by Hunter S. Thompson.
Here’s Ryan’s story.
Photographers Christoffer Rosenfeldt and Kevin Goss-Ross teamed up recently at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark.They were commissioned to create portraits of the people there–but these aren’t your typical festival portraits. The duo collaborated to create photos that tell a story and also help to illustrate who the people are. While doing this, they created some technical masterpieces.
And according to Kevin, it helps if you’re just a bit drunk.