The commodification of empathy.
Shanty Town at Emoya Estates - Bloemfontein, South Africa
Theme hotels all over the world provide guests with experiences ranging from ruling in medieval times to sleeping under the sea, but the Shanty Town at Emoya Estates may be the first hotel to offer the chance to live like the desperately poor.
Emoya Estates is a South African luxury hotel and spa that offers visitors all the finest amenities money can buy, located in the middle of a lush game reserve featuring rhinos, lions, and giraffe. However for guests looking to get away from all the trappings of luxury travel (but not too far away), Emoya also offers the Shanty Town lodgings. Consisting of a small circle of sheet metal shacks meant to evoke the crime-ridden slums seen throughout urban South Africa, the themed rooms are billed as a unique experience (despite the tens of millions of impoverished citizens living in similar conditions).
Cobbled together from artfully mismatched pieces of corrugated steel, the small “informal settlement” on the game reserve provides outdoor metal stoves for each shack, as well as an authentic outdoor bathroom. However the lodgings are far from uncomfortable. Each reinforced shanty features fully-furnished interiors and the website is proud to proclaim, “This is the only Shanty Town in the world equipped with under-floor heating and wireless internet access!” A poverty theme park of sorts.
Unlike the atmosphere of struggle and danger that exists for the millions of people living in real South African shanty towns, Emoya’s Shanty Town attempts to foster a warm vibe of back-to-basics community which, again according to the website is “ideal for team building, braais” and “fancy theme parties.” Shanty Town at Emoya Estates may be the nadir of class tourism, a place where people can pay more to pretend to have less.
On the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death, I’m designing a golf website.
A glimpse at Brooklyn Fishing Derby, held once a year in the eastern part of Brooklyn.
Credits: Sybile Penhirin
In the midst of a fun package design project and gearing up for this weekend’s Brooklyn Fishing Derby, I discovered this gem. I’m determined to find the genius behind this design and when I do will give them the credit they deserve — but I can’t resist sharing.
Photographed by Christian Stoll for Pricewaterhouse Coopers Magazine without the use of retouching. Just good old-fashioned anamorphic set design.
"Bicycle Table" by Jane Borock
The Brooklyn Fishing Derby, as seen through the lens of German tv.
Watch me catch my first Striped Bass - from the Brooklyn side of the East River!
Astronaut family portrait I made for a music video. Video can be seen here.
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