I was privileged to be capturing a very special wedding of Kerry and Cayla.
They are not only a gay couple but also the interracial one. Although South Africa is a democratic country that made progress in terms of interracial, intercultural and same-sex relationships and can be proud of one of the most progressive Constitutions in the world, couples like Kerry and Cayla face challenges and even traumatic experiences daily.
As I was shooting these beautiful ladies, their special day, their confident faces and happy smiles, I was wondering about the amount of negativity or unfairness they have to endure every day. They face judgments and rejection not only from strangers (the glaring and staring), but sadly often from families and close friends.
Today, I would like to take a moment and think about notions of privilege and oppression in many different forms that they occur.
Racism doesn’t always come in black and white colours. We discriminate in various, covert and often unintentional ways against age, culture, values, belief, gender or even skills. These are real issues for people who are not part of the majority in one way or another. Colour blindness, intolerance, stereotyping and ignorance hurt and destroy. Awareness is the key to the real growth of our society and the necessary inclusion of every human being into the colours of our rainbow nation.
Take care of each other, lovely ladies, and enjoy the sweet journey of your new life together! :)
P.S.: what a great way of starting it - with a trip to Zanzibar! ;)