Starting off our day at 8:00am we found ourselves sitting in the car for an hour waiting for one of my colleagues subjects who had not kept the time of our appointment with him, a terrible lesson in the importance of punctuality.
After waiting for some time we decided to take a drive to Yeoville’s mountain top to get some shots of the city’s skyline and to our own surprise get a a little “spiritual healing”. The praying men and women who we found on the mountain gave me a little bit of security to the otherwise seemingly dangerous environment.
After warning my thrill seeking colleagues on the dangers of standing on the edge of the mountain, we decided to go and check on the late academic-barber Luc.
When Luc finally decided to arrive, we headed for the Yeoville library, where I felt like a kid in a candy store when I found a book written by Alice Walker which distracted from the project for a few minutes, but later brought me back to senses.
After the interview, we headed off to interview the extraordinary gentlemen at a tailor in the area Rue Du Fouburg, when met one of the most of my the extravagant men of them all, his name is Ace “like the mealie meal”, said the well-dressed gentleman who wore a black Dolce Gabbana coat and harem pants from Zara.
He was introduced to us by his cousin, Aladiji who is also a Sapeur but wore his everyday clothes when he met us. Aladiji unlike his cousin is more shy and soft spoken, which perhaps offered an interesting contrast to the two men who for that moment represented the difference between “ordinary men” and the La Sapeur.
“The clothes are our blood”, said Ace who echoed the attitudes of the La SAPE when he suggested that the price of the clothes don’t matter, it’s who wears the clothes that matters.