This is a short portrait series I shot in South Africa focusing on traditional healers, otherwise referred to as Sangomas or iNyanga.

Western media might often use the collective term 'witch doctors', in doing so they are guilty of perpetuating various misconceptions about traditional healers in contemporary African society. Visual representations of them vary, but generally do not suggest any sense of modern life or respected practice. A popular claim, originally made by the World Health Organisation (WHO), yet rarely substantiated, is that up to 80 percent of Africans still rely on traditional healers as their first point of contact for physical and psychological ailments.

The reality in many African cities is that these traditional practices have actually become seamlessly fused with modern and contemporary lifestyles. Many view traditional healers as a novel way to connect with their culture and ancestors rather than a substitute for modern medicine. In this way traditional healers are understood to compliment and promote modern ideals of health and wellness. Many of the healers I worked with are practicing Christians who maintain a strong bond with their ancestors, approaching them for guidance and advice on various issues. All of them work modern jobs in South Africa's major city centres; one women is a journalist and another works as a corporate administrator in a large bank.

I wanted to capture this eclectic fusion of modern and traditional, as a n authentic representation of contemporary African society not often shown or understood by western media.