Louis is a musician, specifically a rapper/vocalist and producer and in last couple years also added composing music for picture, e.g. adverts, films, TV, branding material etc. to his hustle. He says “I'm a really visual person, especially with my music but I've also always taken photographs on an old film camera as a kind of hobby; kind of been that weirdo with a camera as well as a mic. I guess with both things I'm just trying to capture a moment to help me explain what I see but also to try and find another "other" world within it all. There's always another way to see things.”
Louis said "This was a mad image for me. I saw this boy walking as we were driving outside Cape Town and I felt like his life was summed up in this image - music was his means of survival, his struggle but also his proud love. You can see he’s holding his guitar but also something more, walking alone next to a motorway as a flash Mercedes Benz drives past with the limitless African sky above him. This image captures the unfairness of the divides between rich and poor in the South Africa which is still based on race. However, even more, it showed what I love about South Africa - the raw energy, hopes and dreams of a young country that could be on its way to a brilliant, exciting future united by music, nature and its young creatives."
Louis took the photos in this exhibition on a recent trip to South Africa and said “this is a photo of barbered wire outside a BBQ/House music rave that happens every Sunday at a place called Mzoli’s in the Gugulethu township in Cape Town. The vibe is crazy, a lot of love in that place but that barbed wire was a reminder of the shit that goes down. People are working hard to spread the love but is that barbered wire trying to keep the love in or keep the hate out?”
Louis said “I was driving through another township in the Eastern cape. We’d just driven past a scene that will stick in my mind forever: three guys all covered with chalk and tribal paint, holding spears, by a burning rubbish heap and an acacia tree performing some kind of ritual. It was so surreal that I felt like I was hallucinating but it was a perfect display of ‘the line’. A western outsider might look in here and see a township and rubbish but this is Africa, this is deep, this is old, this is dripping in culture and tradition. These shacks are recent but the nature, the mighty African sky has always been there, we were and still are Kings and Queens inside. It’s that split between the township, the Africa the media portrays, and the nature and beauty and reality of the continent which is so much more.”
Louis said “this photo was also taken at Mzoli’s. I’d been watching this guy the whole afternoon, moving about under the tarpaulin from the baking Cape Town sun and he just radiated his assertion as a don, a G of Gs. Everyone else seemed to be moving around him so that the place felt like his and then at one point the light hit him and no one else. He literally glowed in his all whites and hat. Everyone else was inside but he was outside wherever he went.”
He said "this song is about turning everything inside out. Jazz is fundamental to most contemporary music right now and I feel like we created something unique with this one by showing how easily it fits with something that's closer to a trap or grime tempo. More metaphorically, it relates to the theme of inside and outside because how you hold yourself inside is how you are going to perceived and eventually dealt with outside. For example, the line ‘we all made full of atoms, don't let your government try snatch ‘em or police when they draw the baton...’ shows the importance of knowing your worth inside and not letting anyone dictate that from the outside."