Eye Spy: Lolo Veleko

Soon the football loving world's eyes will shift focus and land on South Africa.

I LOVE footie.

It is a relentless passion in my life but I also live in in hope that the "beautiful game" will bring a new light to how the rest of the world perceive Africa.

Yes every country in Africa has it's problems. Big problems!

But for me it is also continent of magic, vibrancy and soul like no other place on earth.

Note that I said CONTINENT?

(Fed up with people talking about it like it is one country. We are one massive land mass YES but we are different nations too man!)

Anyhoo I seek not to rant but to bring a little Rainbow Nation fashion vibrancy onto this here blog!

Eye Spy: Lolo Veleko

Made in Cape Town and residing now in Johannesburg; her full name is Nontsikelelo Veleko .

She is also one of my favourite street fashion photographers.

This week I was jumping up and down like a crazy when I saw that the BBC had scheduled a documentary that would feature this awesome lady if you have time, watch it here.

My adoration for her and her work grew ever more when I saw that she uses a Mamiya!!

Lolo Veleko; Worship Blues salutes you!

I love it the most when Lolo captures brightly dressed people!

Nontsikelelo Veleko was born squint. The doctors wanted to replace her eye but her grandmother, a traditional healer, resisted, saying that it was a challenge from the ancestors and that she must learn to master it. Her sister too had been born with a bad leg that the doctors wanted to cut off. The sister went on to become the fastest runner in her school. Veleko became the 2008 Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art.
From the Design Idaba Website


  1. Oh my, what a talented photographer, and I am smitten by her love of colour. She seems to try and cath the spirit of the models she photographs. I like that about her. An now a fan of Veleko's creations. Off to visit her website.
    And before I dash off, here's wishing you, lovely lady, a sun-filled weekend with loads of time for you;-)

  2. Inspirational indeed the story about her eye sight and her sister's leg. And I don't love footie but we can still be friends. Here's to the rainbow nation!!

  3. Very inspirational that story about her eyesight and her sister's leg. And I don't love footie but we can still be friends. Here's to the rainbow nation!

  4. Those pictures are incredible!

    I have to say that I really love the sweater vest look... that will never get old for me.

  5. Great post Yasumi! were u born in Africa? this is not the first time you have mentioned the continent, whoever thinks of it as a counry just isnt worth the time tbh, actually they are lets spread the word and let em know what up :D

  6. Great shots and interesting story. I will watch the programme. She looks amazing too.

  7. HIGH FIVE! I am SO SO SO SO looking forward to the world cup, even more exciting that it's taking place right in my hometown!! I wish I could go home to watch it but alas my work schedule won't allow me :( Nonetheless, I shall be setting my alarm, getting up at unholy hours and shall be glued to the tv at work for the duration of the games!
    And because you're probably the only person who'll understand my irritation, I spent 20 minutes convincing 2 giggly American girls that South Africa is a country -__-
    When i told them I was from there, they kept asking me what country....

  8. Just watched it. I had wanted to see this but missed it. So thank you for bring it to us again. Have a good weekend Xxxx

  9. amazing story. i love the first shot especially!

  10. What an amazing inspirational person! To overcome her obstacles, her sister too, shows what a strong family they are. And very talented too!

  11. Inspiring story and photos! thanks for sharing :D

  12. You go girl, ayeah! yeah! Chicken-liver!

  13. Gosh, she is too stunning to be behind the camera: look at her facial structure and flawless dark skin.

    I kind of get a proud, African feel of the pictures you put up of her. I am going to google her work to see how she sees people with her camera.

    Cowness, you inspire me with this fantastic photographer artist so thank you for posting this!


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