The arresting photographs of this book frame moments in Jean du Plessis’ journey to the fault-lines of our globalised world. A boy leading oxen in the Eastern Cape. Shop dummies in Chelsea. A homeless man in Washington DC. A walled-in park in Iran. A scarecrow in Haiti. Cellos on ruined walls in Timor-Leste. An old man and his bicycle in Kenya. Empty shoes next to a pond.
Why are you looking at me? by Jean du Plessis
Each photograph is complemented by a poem that draws attention to what sits beyond the frame revealing questions that both unsettle and inspire. The book is much like the boy who looks directly into the lens and asks, “Why are you looking at me?” The answers are multi-layered and go to the heart of our differences in position and yet how to find solidarity and ways to acknowledge our common humanity.
Jean du Plessis works for UN-Habitat in Nairobi as a land specialist. He has previously worked for global and local human rights organisations and as a senior government official in South Africa.