This project can be viewed in association with my graduate body of work of 2013 entitled 'Southern Suburbs'. It represents a continuing theme and interest within my personal work investigating issues of race and identity politics in Cape Town, South Africa. All my subjects in this series are black domestic workers employed within the same geographic area. While the homeowners in my 'Southern Suburbs' series represented a very privileged and exclusive sector of South African society, their position is in stark contrast with the everyday experience of the majority of South Africans. Thus it is these people whom they employ to care for their homes and families who offer a much better insight into the harsh realities of post apartheid South Africa.

Since the end of apartheid there has been very little socio-economic redress in South Africa, wealth and privilege are still very much held by a small white minority to the exclusion of the majority of black South Africans. My interest in this project stems from my own personal experience growing up within this inherently privileged community and witnessing the perceived normality and apparent nonchalance that surrounds these women and the nature of their employment.

In many instances these women fill the traditional role reserved for the mother within these homes, they work full time and often live on the same property, cooking, cleaning and caring for the children. It is not uncommon for these women to be referred to as part of the family, despite the fact that their sole role within these spaces is still limited to that of an employee. Thus the boundaries between a traditional employer and employee are largely blurred in these instances and their role within these homes and their presence within the spaces is a highly complex one.

My interest was initially to investigate the duality of these women's lives and the blatant inequality of their situation. I chose to photograph them in separate spaces within their employer's homes in an attempt to suggest a sense of alienation and displacement associated with their roles within these intimate spaces. Their uniforms serving as a visual reminder of their largely limited role within these families and the domestic spaces.

After some of my images were picked up by a number of blogs and media sites they sparked interesting debate amongst viewers. Issues of representation were raised and some people questioned the role of a young white photographer photographing black subjects in contemporary South Africa. As a result of this reaction I became more interested in investigating post apartheid notions of representation and how my own privilege and race might affect the way my images are perceived. These images and their reception have now become a point of access for me to further interrogate these spaces and they way that I photograph people in my work. I want to continue this particular body of work by now showing these women and their employers together in one space, I also want to incorporate the various reactions and responses drawn from the online debate in order to further investigate the ideas of representation that people have and how these relate to my own work and my position as a white photographer in South Africa. This is an ongoing body of work that Mann hopes to return to in 2016.