Photographer Luke Daniel recently produced a new series of portraits called Tjappies van die Point which is prison slang for ‘tattoos from South African prisons’.
Unlike previous prison and criminal related portrait series featured on Acufocal – like The REFLECT Project - this series has no focus on remorse. It is, however, morbidly interesting. The collection of images depicts South African ex-convicts out of prison, although most had been sent back to prison by the time the project had been completed. Each prisoner is covered in tattoos given through any means necessary whilst incarcerated.
To arrange and complete a project like this would not only be difficult to do, but has inherent risks. This is exemplified by one of the subjects being sent back to prison for murder between the time the pictures were taken and the time they were published. Luke Daniel describes finding these sort of subjects as ‘going down a rabbit hole.’