What would you say is your relationship with birds? Have they always held a place of significance with you?
I am really passionate about birds, they are mysterious, noble, and unique . It is almost impossible to guess what goes on in their minds, how they see and relate to the world around them. When I am in airports or feeling jet lagged from long plane trips, I often state that I wish I was a bird.
What’s next in the world of Roger Ballen?
I recently finished a project on Rats. In many ways this animal has the opposite connotation to Birds as it is viewed a dark, dirty, and a pest, but my photographs reveal just the opposite.
For the first time in my career I have started taking color photographs. I have been absolutely amazed with the results as I never thought I would cease being a black and white photographer. Some of these images will be published in an upcoming Thames & Hudson book to be released in September 2019 titled The World According to Roger Ballen.
Interview by Mubarak Elmubarak