Diepkloof, Soweto, on a Sunday

by | Sep 21, 2021 | Johannesburg, Soweto, Townships/Informal Settlements | 8 comments

I’m really distracted right now, planning a mini out-of-town getaway this afternoon and a move to a new house (and a new neighborhood!) this weekend. My blog will soon be filled with news of these events, but in the meantime I’m experiencing a blogging malaise. I can’t seem to motivate myself to post much here right now.

In the meantime, as I try to claw myself out of this hole, here are some photos I took on Sunday in Diepkloof, Soweto (home of the fabulous Chilli Pepper). I’ve been helping out Thorsten and his colleague Tebogo on an architectural project in Diepkloof, shooting pictures there on an off. I really like how a few of the recent images turned out.

Magdalena in Diepkloof
Magdalena at her home in Diepkloof, where she has lived since the 1960s.
Mercedes collector
Mercedes collector. I like how his cars match the house.
Hipster in a spaza shop
Hipster in a spaza shop.
Richard the watch repairman
Richard, Diepkloof’s watch repairman extraordinaire.
Colorful bedroom in Diepkloof
Julia’s colorful bedroom.
Papa J and his turquoise house
Papa J, artist and retired Mercedes-Benz parts salesman, in front of his spectacularly renovated turquoise house.
Kids having fun in Diepkloof
Kids having fun.

Hopefully I’ll return next week in a more rejuvenated state.


  1. dizzylexa

    Great photos, good to have a mini breakaway before the heavy work of moving, all the best with the that..

  2. Rosemary

    Terrific photos and all the best with your move!

  3. David Bristow

    Pretty much how I’m feeling about my daily bike ride right now – I rode virtually every day since first lock down, but these mornings just feel so very hard I’m starting to create all kinds of excuses.

  4. Peggy Laws

    I haven’t been to Soweto for such a long time. Your photos are inspiring me to go. Good luck with your move. Very exciting!

  5. AutumnAshbough

    I can see why you wanted to post those. Gorgeous colors and innovative framing.


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