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Kalebe holds debut exhibition

Nthatuoa Koeshe

RENOWNED photographer Justice Kalebe is set to host a fundraising exhibition of some of his best photos at Alliance France in Maseru next month.

Kalebe is a travel photographer who is credited for some of Lesotho’s finest landscape photographs.

Speaking to the Xpress People recently, Kalebe said this would be his first exhibition where he will showcase his best work. The exhibition will also raise money for St. Angela Cheshire Home for Children with Disabilities.

He said he chose St. Angela Cheshire Home for the Children with Disabilities as the beneficiary of the exhibition as part of his contribution towards his community. Out of 20 pictures, 4 will be auctioned on the day and the proceeds will go towards St. Angela’s day to day needs of the children’s care.

St Angela’s opened in 1986 and offers rehabilitation services and mainstream education to 29 children with physical disabilities from the ages of five and adults up to 26 years old. They provide rehabilitation to integrate or re-integrate the children into as full and as normal life roles as is possible, through early interventions ranging from counselling, training and advocacy for equal accessibility and human rights.

“The aim behind this exhibition is to raise awareness on different issues, showcase the important work which non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the country do and to also show our country’s beauty,” Kalebe said.

“I have worked with NGOs among them Rural Self-Help Development Association (RSDA), the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and I have documented their projects so I want to also showcase some of those pictures.”

He said the exhibition will show the evolution of photography and also tell stories about Lesotho which people do not know.

Kalebe said the development of photography has gone beyond just taking events pictures to telling stories about people and places through pictures.

Asked which of his spectacular pictures he is most proud of, he said all his work tell different stories. However, above all, he cherishes one photograph of a boy pretending to take pictures with a clay camera.

“While traveling, I met a young boy who was pestering me to take him a picture. I denied a number of times and then he looked at me and reached for his clay camera from his pocket to pretend to be taking me a picture. So I snapped that moment.

“To me that picture shows someone with a dream to one day be a photographer. That is one of my favourites,” Kalebe said.

Kalebe has also been commissioned by organisations such as Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation (LTDC) to take breath-taking pictures which attract tourists to the country.

He recently posted a picture of his Majesty King Letsie III on his birthday and social media went abuzz over the picture.

He said since this would be his first exhibition, he would not without feature other photographers to ensure that they are motivated by his work. He said for him, photography is not just work but his passion as every picture of his strives for perfection.

He is currently taking advice from artists such as legend Meshu Mokitimi who is well known for his fine art and has more experience in exhibitions to ensure his is a memorable one.

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