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Themba Mbuyisa 7


WHAT IS IT: A new visual story from Johannesburg based visual artist, Themba Mbuyisa

VISUAL STORY:  A solo fashion traveller that is seeking to see, rather than be seen. In the fashion world our decisions are constantly influenced by the outside. Through these images, Mbuyisa emphasizes the importance of self discovery and the expression of oneself  in a more inward direction through the medium of fashion and the experience of travel. He expresses this effortlessly with his muse who embodies minimalism, Shelly Mokeona, a fashion and interior designer. 

SOME FUN FACTS: Colour has a great effect on how we visually perceive certain subjects. In this visual story, the use of colour and self expression are correlated through the art of fashion and photography.

In colour psychology, minimalistic/neutral colours represent tranquillity and peace which evokes peaceful thoughts.

White symbolizes space and tranquillity which is tied to the theme of self discovery.

Navy Blue symbolizes calmness and coolness . And red is a symbol of passion.



Themba Mbuyisa is a Jo’burg based and award winning photographer who captures images that have meaning and visualizes specific subject matters that evoke strong emotion.

Model, Styling: Shelley Mokoena
Photography, Creative direction, words: Themba Mbuyisa
Location: Cape Recife, Port Elizabeth, South Africa




Written by: Olwethu Ngodela

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