Tell us a bit more about Mosako Lowsso Chalashika.
I’m 24 years old at the moment and born raised in Gaborone, Botswana. I don’t talk much and I’m a super introvert kid but I’m super loud when I’m with around people I’m comfortable with.
When did you first pick up a camera?
I first picked up a camera in 2016 when I started my photography course at city varsity in Cape Town. It wasn’t a good year overall. I actually failed my 1st year. I still would randomly shoot on my own but I was hardly attending class at the same time. Obviously failing that 1st year demotivated me to continue shooting but I hate leaving things unfinished so I just ended up graduating last year (2018). The main reason why I started shooting was to get into skateboarding photography and document the scene back home in Gaborone because there wasn’t any content coming out from the Gaborone skate culture.
What do you enjoy most about documenting skate culture?
What I enjoy most about it is I feel free and I’m not stuck in one boxed area. I’m outdoors so I get to move around freely all the time. It also keeps me sane since it keeps me busy. When documenting skate culture there is a never-ending result, the skaters you document keep progressing and there are always new kids coming up that need to be captured.
Are you a hoarder?
I’m a hip hop/rap fiend, so I hoard albums and physical copies too like CDs. If I had access to hip hop/rap vinyl I would collect those for sure!
If you could live forever, would you rather stay one age or get older and why?
If I had a choice 21 is the age I will stay at because that’s like the youngest legal age. I’m allowed to act like a grown-up and a child at the same time.
All photohgraphy by Mossako Lowsso Chalashika