The Waiting: Samuel Napper's intimate photographs of South Africa's most selfless heroes

All images courtesy of the artist. Via Creative Boom submission.

All images courtesy of the artist. Via Creative Boom submission.

No one likes waiting. And in today’s always-on, same-day-delivery world, we rarely have to wait for anything. But there are a group of people whose responsibility it is to wait. Wait for the next disaster to strike, the next wildfire to start, the next heart to stop.

Here lies the theme of The Wait, a series by photographer Sam Napper that explores the "limbo world between emergency call-outs and the psychological impact the cycle of tension, action and reflection has on those we call on at our worst possible moments".

With the city of Cape Town as a backdrop, The Wait offers an intimate glimpse of some of South Africa’s most selfless heroes, including volunteers from the Air Mercy Service, Infant Transport Paramedics, Voluntary Wildfire Service, Metro Disaster Response Unit, National Sea Rescue Institute and Shark Spotters.

Having spent almost a decade in the advertising industry as an agency and Visual Effects producer, Sam escaped the ad world to pursue his own creative calling, photography. Samuel's passion is to explore psychological states, sub-cultures and alternative narratives of humanity, through intimate portraiture or observed environments. With exciting projects in the pipeline, it's safe to say he's only just getting started. Find out more at