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I create. I capture moments. In photographs, as well as in words. As a photojournalist, I use tools – a camera and a computer – in order to freeze-frame short-lived instants in time. To make sure they are remembered long after the passing of the actual moment. There’s duality, a shit-load of it, in fact, as the image I capture utterly depends on where I point my camera. And the words I write depend on my mood, my state of mind, my rapport with my subject, my agony and my ecstasy. But I’m more craftsman than artist, and busting my gut goes hand in hand with that occasional flash of blinding insight.

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Free State Facts

Free state

Some Free State Facts on a cold and drizzly morning in Clarens … 1)   There’s a statue of Jack Daniels aat the Windmill Pub and Grill in Fouriesburg. For reals. 2)   There be mountains here where the Free State nudges up against Lesotho. The climbs will hurt proper on a mountain bike. 3) [...]

Camelroc Guest Farm


Great grravel road-tripping and seriously gritty trils here at Camelroc Guest Farm on the Lesotho border. know this, the Free State is NOT flat … superb technical mountain bike challenge for those keen on a proper high altitude mtb training session! Click here to view the pics

Letsatsi Private Game Lodge


Finding so much Free State Funk here amidst the kopjes of Smithfield. The mountain bike trails at Letsatsi Lodge rock, while there are stacks of offroad routes to explore in the Isuzu too. Brilliant game viewing and birding to boot; even spotted an aardwolf over the bars on my ride yesterday.  

Road Trip – Cape Town to Letsatsi


Early 4am mission out of Cape Town, cruising the highway in a cherry red Isuzu South Africa Xrider, courtesy of Lunga Ntsendwana. Brekkie in Baurfort West and lunch in Bethulie, all while shooting destinations for my new Moer And Gone book. Click here to view the pics   Now chilling at laid-back Letsatsi Game Lodge [...]

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