My name is Tshepiso Mabula and I am a documentary photographer and writer based in Johannesburg, South Africa. My work is largely based on the human experience in black South African townships. My interest in photography sparked when during a visit to a family member I was introduced to award-winning South African photographer Santu Mofokeng’s body of work, this then led to her studying photojournalism and documentary photography at the iconic Market Photo workshop. My work explores the small things through photography: exposing the humanity in oppositional, chaotic or even boring environments. I capture the dignity in ordinary people, far removed from the glamorous or ideal atmospheres of high-profile photography. I’ve recently been selected as part of the 160 photographers who will showcase their work at the 2019 New York Times portfolio review. This occasion will afford me the opportunity to show my work and market it to editors from renowned publications like The New York Times, National Geographic and the Washington post. The review takes place on 30th and 31st of March and I would like to be in New York for a week and leverage the time to meet more people and hopefully create a body of work while I am there. I'm working towards raising money for a return flight ticket from Johannesburg to New York, accomodation as well as boarding and living expenses while I am there.