#HOTSHOTS: Why South African Photographer Justin Dingwall’s Ingenious Ghana-Must-Go Editorial Speaks To The 70s Ghanaians

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Creative South African-based photographer Justin Dingwall recently published a set of ingenious images belonging to an editorial titled ‘ROUTED’. The striking model used Faith Sindie from Fabulous models did the editorial much justice, what also captivated our attention was the combined artwork done by Justin and art designer ROMANHANDT with the utilization of the Ghana-Must-Go fabrics.

ROUTED BY Justin Dingwall

The ‘ROUTED’ editorial images published by Justin Dingwall on his instagram were accompanied by text that helped magnify the essence of the editorial, shedding great light and attribute to the theme of the shots. Routed looks at an undecided collective at a crossroads, which is suddenly is forced tochange their plans and direction in a course of travel.

It is hard to believe that Justin would be unaware of the history of the Ghana-Must-Go bags, as once upon a time over 1 million Ghanaian immigrants were suddenly kicked out of Nigeria. With very little funds, many travelled back using a type of matted woven nylon zipped tote bags, used by the migrants to move their belongings, which got the moniker “Ghana Must Go” during the migration.

Keke Palmer Flaunting Her Ghana Must Go Bag

Justin Dingwall Speaks To Ghanaian Migrants Of The 70s In Nigeria

The text by Justin Dingwall in his rerouted caption feels somewhat of an ode to the stranded Ghanaian immigrants of the 70s who had to suddenly flee Nigeria. We can’t confirm this is the basis of the shoot, but if so, it is ingenious, and if not it is ingenious. Read the text and see the shots below.

“Rerouted” a collaboration between artist @justin_dingwall and @roman_handt photographed on @kodakprofessional_europe

This is where we find ourselves, we are in the moment of being rerouted.
We face a choice for a different path, a new course, an unfamiliar way to get to our destination. We had plans, our journeys mapped out, until we were unexpectedly forced to change direction.

This art series is a commentary on our current situation, and the unexpected roads we must navigate. It focuses on travel, and how restrictions on our movement affects every aspect of our lives. From visiting loved ones, going to and from work, and many other activities, travel forms a predominant part of life. Without it, we experience separation and loneliness, financial loss, retrogression… society just stops.
Voyaging is largely how society progresses, as humans explore, learn, and find new pathways and livelihoods. We cannot move forward without travel.

By foregrounding representations of movement – in the imagery of bicycles, motorbikes, and planes, this series investigates feelings about freedom of movement.

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