Born and raised in Gaborone, Botswana, Mosako Kushata Okaile Chalashika spent seven years in South Africa (in Kimberley from 2011 to 2015 and in Cape Town from 2016 to 2018). Before he was a photographer who held a fascination for the skate world, he was himself a skater.
‘The main reason I got into photography is that the skate scene in Gaborone had never had a photographer in the past,’ he says, ‘so that meant that there wasn’t any skateboarding content coming out of Botswana. I really wanted to fill that gap and give Botswana the skateboarding exposure it needed.’
During his years in Cape Town he honed his craft and began practising in earnest. ‘As I was shooting more skateboarding photos, I slowly got into shooting studio, fashion, portraits, etc in 2017. The main reason I came to Cape Town in the first place was to study professional photography at City Varsity and I completed my course in December 2018.’