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Tuesday, 11 October, 2016

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Last week Samantha Hemsley Photography attended a photoshoot for the Majorca Daily Bulletin with five young lads from the African subcontinent.  Ranging from 16 to 19 years of age, they were in Mallorca as part of a Marine Inspirations programme to give underprivileged youngsters a unique glimpse into the yachting industry. 

The venture may have been designed to inspire Saluse, Gershwyn and Phaphama (nickname ‘Penguin’) from Lawhill Maritime Centre in Simon’s Town near Cape Town, and Smangaliso and Praise from Durban-based Sail Africa, but the inspiration spread its net far and wide.

“I’m not ashamed to admit that I felt quite emotional as I downloaded and went through the raw images,” says Samantha.  “They are an astonishing bunch of lads, I felt really privileged to have met them, and extraordinarily photogenic too – largely because they’re so real, so genuine.”

“I was listening to them laughing about gold-plated iPhones one minute, contemplative the next, mimicking Road Runner, then paying full polite attention.  Innocent and so well mannered - not something you could say about all teenage boys of the western world.  They’re just the kind of people whose stories I want to follow in the future.  I wish them all the best with all my heart.” 

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