Gift an article

Ambiguities, ambivalences abound in 'Robert: A Queer and Crooked Memoir for the Not So Straight and Narrow'

accreditation
Share your Subscriber Article
You have 5 articles to share every month. Send this story to a friend!
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
loading...
Loading, please wait...
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Robert Hamblin in his studio in Muizenberg, Cape Town. (Photo: Robert Hamblin)
Robert Hamblin in his studio in Muizenberg, Cape Town. (Photo: Robert Hamblin)

About 20 years ago, Robert Hamblin made a portrait photograph of me. It was expertly done, with the lighting carefully manipulated; the process produced a photo that was distinctly flattering. I used it as a byline picture for years. 

But what followed the photo session was more interesting. Looking through the pictures Hamblin had taken, and noting which ones I thought looked the best, or presented me in the best light, versus those that didn’t – or that showed things I didn’t want displayed – led to a fascinating discussion. Besides playing with my vanity, as it were, Hamblin was probing my sense of self-representation, the way my inner image of myself matched or didn’t match what was shown externally.  

Read this for free
Get 14 days free to read all our investigative and in-depth journalism. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed.
Subscribe
Already a subscriber? Sign in
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE