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    Martin Kristiansen
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A few years ago I was involved in a social upliftment program. If involved going into informal settlements where I had to document certain processes. This image was made in Diepsloot north of Joburg. A crime ridden place, overcrowded and very short of all amenities such as water, electricity. From the outside an intimidating sprawl of shacks and litter. What struck me most once we entered was how many people were just hanging around, unemployment is very high, and how much care people take to keep their living areas clean and tidy. Not easy to achieve under very tough conditions. Ticking bombs these areas. People with nothing, not even hope, and nothing to lose. We ignore this at out peril. #socialdocumentaryphotography #streetphotography #blackandwhitephoto #kitchen #poverty #povertyisnotacrime #male
A few years ago I was involved in a social upliftment program. If involved going into informal settlements where I had to document certain processes. This image was made in Diepsloot north of Joburg. A crime ridden place, overcrowded and very short of all amenities such as water, electricity. From the outside an intimidating sprawl of shacks and litter. What struck me most once we entered was how many people were just hanging around, unemployment is very high, and how much care people take to keep their living areas clean and tidy. Not easy to achieve under very tough conditions. Ticking bombs these areas. People with nothing, not even hope, and nothing to lose. We ignore this at out peril. #socialdocumentaryphotography  #streetphotography  #blackandwhitephoto  #kitchen  #poverty  #povertyisnotacrime  #male 
The top of one of the biggest mine dumps in South Africa. #landscapephotography #landscape #sunrise #rehabilitation #fence
Gorgeous clouds over these rock formations. I wonder how people will recognize this location. Its on the border with South Africa. Actually ib the tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho. A national park called Sethlabathebe. When I was last there access was 4X4 only. camp next to a river. No electricity, shops taps, toilets or anything else for hours and hours. Paradise on earth. #rocks #clouds #stormclouds #lesotho #landscape #landscapephotography #landscapelover
Gorgeous clouds over these rock formations. I wonder how people will recognize this location. Its on the border with South Africa. Actually ib the tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho. A national park called Sethlabathebe. When I was last there access was 4X4 only. camp next to a river. No electricity, shops taps, toilets or anything else for hours and hours. Paradise on earth. #rocks  #clouds  #stormclouds  #lesotho  #landscape  #landscapephotography  #landscapelover 
The beautiful gardens at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. Incredible place. #green #grass. #park #trees #forest #shadows #landscapephotography #colourphotography #beijing #china #templeofheaven
@jakebrink54 photographimng the ruins of ancient Joburg. Sometimes that is how it feels. Like explorers in search of treasue. All we return with is photographs. At the moment is seems Joburg is balanced on a knife edge. Will it come back from the abyss or will it topple into total destruction? Really I have no idea. #streetphotography #freeway #socialdocumentary #blackandwhite
@jakebrink54 photographimng the ruins of ancient Joburg. Sometimes that is how it feels. Like explorers in search of treasue. All we return with is photographs. At the moment is seems Joburg is balanced on a knife edge. Will it come back from the abyss or will it topple into total destruction? Really I have no idea. #streetphotography  #freeway  #socialdocumentary  #blackandwhite 
Holy Mt Kailash. Source of the Indus, Brahmaputra, Sutlej and Ghaghara rivers. Sacred to Bon, Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. I did a very good three day trek around this peak in July.  #blackandwhitephoto #blackandwhite #landscapephotography #landscape #himalayas #mountains
A barrier to inhibit wind erosion on the arid Tibetan plateau. I was a bit surprised at how dry parts ofTibet are. #landscape #landscapephotography #blackandwhitephoto #blackandwhite #mountains #tibet
A peak on the Mt Kailash pilgrimage in western Tibet. I didn’t know you could get so cold in the middle of summer. #blackandwhitephoto #blackandwhite #landscape #mountains #peaks #clouds #himalayas
Approach to Everest Base Camp from the Tibetan Chinese side. Mid summer but a sombre day. I have read so much and dreamt so frequently about this legendary peak that I had goose flesh for minutes at a time when I was there. I chose this image because I like the way Everest hides in its pristine whiteness among the dark gravels. #everest #everestbasecamp #blackandwhitephoto #blackandwhite #mountains #clouds #landscapephotography #landscape #river #snow
I have spent hours watching the light change over the high peaks of the Drakensberg. #blackandwhitephoto #mountains #landscapephotography #landscape #clouds
Dramatic windy day at Cape point. Looking out across False bay. #blackandwhitephoto #seascape #clouds #landscape
Ice cold starry winter night. Monks Cowl looming over us. One of my favourite places on the planet. #blackandwhitephoto #night #mountains #stars #landscape #landscapephotography
Waited for hours on this Karoo farm waiting for the shadows to creep behind the dead tree. Not a sound, perfectly still. A special occasion. #blackandwhitephoto #landscape #tree #landscapephotography
Early morning, white with a hard frost and misty. Somewhere between Vryheid and Dundee. All I could think of was coffee. #blackandwhitephoto #landscapephotography #tree #mist
A Quiver tree on the side of the road on the way to Aix Aix Namibia. Hot and hard environment with a brutal beauty. #landscapephotography #blackandwhitephoto #tree #desert.
Stopped to photograph an informal settlement that was drying grapes in the sun to produce raisins. The grapes are irrigated with water from the Orange river. The children dashed out to pose for me in temperatures above 45C. Life is hard in the Namib. #desert #heat #children #nama #socialdocumentaryphotography
Stopped to photograph an informal settlement that was drying grapes in the sun to produce raisins. The grapes are irrigated with water from the Orange river. The children dashed out to pose for me in temperatures above 45C. Life is hard in the Namib. #desert  #heat  #children  #nama  #socialdocumentaryphotography 
Met this young man on the beach front. He asked for money and I asked if I could take his photo. We were both happy with the deal. #socialdocumentaryphotography #streetphotography #beach #sea #pier