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June 19, 2015
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Instagram Meetup // Joburg City Adventure //

I found hope in the city of Johannesburg. Quite literally, I found a cool guy (@jabzsibiya) with the word ‘hope’ in his rucksack. It was really appropriate to create that photograph on Youth Day, 16 June 2015. I chatted to creatives from all industries and shared ideas with people that are passionate about photography and how it is a constant evolving medium. My eyes were opened to brand new world and approach to sharing, creating and adventuring.

In February I met a fellow creative that said to me, “you know, for a photographer your Instagram account really sucks” At that point in time I had about 200 followers, which I thought was fine. But also, the last time I Instagrammed, was 57 weeks ago (according to Instagram). So it took me a couple of weeks of thinking about how I am going to start getting back into the habit of sharing photos, just for the sake of sharing. Man, I cannot tell you how my life has changed and how many people I have met through sharing photos and simply using the right hashtags. If you want to see what the fuss is about, follow me on Instagram here: @judith_belle

The new habit of Instagramming lead me to join my very first Instagram meetup. This Instameet was the biggest get together of Instagramming people in South Africa. We were 220 in total and we roamed the streets of what is normally perceived as the “dangerous downtown of Johannesburg”. Two very inspiring guys (Keenan Constance @keenangrams and Matthew Kanniah @matthewkanniah) started this whole initiative. Their selfless and inspiring way of giving back to the creative community and connected people has really made a huge impact on so many people’s lives. Their meetup was so successful that they have created a brand new Instagram account dedicated to these monthly meetups: (@weExploreZA and be sure to check out the popular hashtag on Instagram: #exploreZA)

I’m planning on going to these monthly meetups as a way to remember how much I really love portraiture and chatting to people and hearing their stories. Perhaps even recharge my creative juices.

Being a creative and obviously also a highly emotionally connected human, it can be really incredibly hard when you experience life and all its happiness and hardships so intensely. I’ve been going through a tough time, I would say for about a year now. I’ve had to make huge changes in my life and basically start all over. I had to find a new place to call home, make new friends, reinvent myself and find my happy-me again. Doing all of this while you are constantly shooting other people’s really great lives and most of the time their happiest day of their lives, is exceptionally hard, to say the least. It doesn’t mean that I am not happy for other people. I genuinely do enjoy seeing the joy in others, it gives me hope.

This meetup changed things for me. I was able to breathe a bit, take in new perspectives and seriously remember why I love what I do. I read this beautiful piece by Tyler Knot Gregson, which I think is perfectly suited for this epiphany moment I had:

Promise me you will not spend so much time treading water and trying to keep your head above waves that you forget, truly forget, how much you have always loved to swim

And without going too much on about the emotions. Let my images do the talking. That is obviously my best way to communicate to the world.

 

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A big thank you to the very talented Yolandie Jacobsz (@yjacobsz) for capturing this shot of me, with my camera.
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Lastly, if anybody wants to join the next Joburg Instawalk, here is the Save The Date as featured on @weExploreZA 

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