Top of Africa

by Alessandro Sala

Around every corner of the city you feel dozens of stares directed to you. You’re the lone white man in downtown Johannebsurg. 
Caring for your own safety in downtown is based on the constant awareness of the ones watching you, to be always in position to decide if you should change your direction, walk on by, get back on your way or start running.

Top of Africa is the highest point of the tallest building of the entire african continent – a visitors terrace where to catch a glimpse of the city 360 degrees-wide.

As I made it to this elusive place designed to host but a few tourist incomers – rarely visited by locals – I understood how roles could be inverted here. Me, the lone white man, now able to look over and keep an eye on the entire city – every corner, every movement.