Who says Jo’burg doesn’t have stunning natural beauty? Admittedly, there are no mountains or beaches here, but hey, we improvise! These photo’s were taken at a broken-down building near the deserted Maraisburg mine dumps where Dave and his mates sometimes ride their dirt bikes. Terri-Lee and Quest added sparkle to the sunrise, showing exactly why they call it “golden hour”. In that amazingly magical dawn or dusk light, even rubble can land up looking like God’s back yard 🙂
My recent post IMTA Convention Rocks New York! featured some photo’s of our gorgeous local model Charné Spies, shot at this same location.
Charné participated at the IMTA (International Modeling and Talent Association) convention in New York last month, along with 96 other students from Figures Models SA – and their results were fantastic! The South African dancers won their category and our singers came second, while most of our models received high recommendation and all but three got coveted call-backs from agents. Six of the girls were selected for a special international fashion show (from a total of about 9 000), two of these being from Figures Models Randburg, which is owned by Charné’s mom Merlene Spies and situated around the corner from our photographic studio.
A Los Angeles agent offered to represent Charné as an actress, although she has decided to complete her schooling this year and then attend university instead. Nina Robertson was offered a scholarship to an acting school in New York (which she is currently considering) and Tracy Kroukamp won the make-up section for her category . Both were also featured in my post IMTA Convention Rocks New York!. Another of Merlene’s students has just signed a contract with a modeling agent there too. Many more call backs may be followed through over the coming months, but heartiest congratulations to these ladies in the meantime, as well as Merlene, who gave them invaluable guidance.
Back to the subject of Johannesburg’s beauty, it does actually have a lovely differentiator – being “the largest man-made urban forest, with six million trees in public parks, private gardens, and on pavements”. You can read more about this phenomenon here: Joburg’s first trees.
Springtime is particularly special . . . and happily just around the corner, so you can expect to find photographs of flowers on this blog soon 🙂
Finally, for all aspiring models, singers, actors and dancers in our area, the next round of IMTA selections will begin on 3rd September at the Randridge Mall Shopping Centre, so don’t miss it! Here’s a link to Merlene’s Facebook page about the event: IMTA Talent Search – and another to the IMTA blog.