Jacques Marais Media

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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Moerandgone in Fundudzi: The Place of the Python Dance

Fundudzi

Shades of Burundi, with verdant tea plantations and Secret Forests. Or overtones of Madagascar, with red earth roads and placid lakes mirroring the cloudless sky. Maybe Middle Earth, even, with it’s spider-webbed trees and roiling, potholed rivers and giant bonzai flat-crowns … I cannot really make my mind up about my Fundudzi de javu, but [...]

#moerandgone in Baleni

Baleni

To get to the African Ivory Route’s Baleni Camp, you have to bundu-bash your way beyond the town of Giyani into the beatiful bush veldt unfolding along the banks of the Klein Letaba River. This is not far from the border fence of the Kruger National Park and – although there are no dangerous game [...]

#moerandgone in Modjadji

Modjadji

The realm of the Rain Queen – southern Africa’s only matriarchal monarchy – is a place of awe and wonder. Here, within the innermost reaches of the Limpopo Province, you will find a mountain range bristling with cycads up to 13m tall. These encephalartos villosus giants date back 50-60 million years, to a time when [...]

#moerandgone Mission – Umngazi River Bungalows

Umngazi

There are a thousand reasons to go to Umngazi River Bungalows, but in this case the best one of all was to celebrate the wedding of two fabulous friends. Wayne and Phillipa Le Roux, it was such a pleasure spending time with you guys, but next time warn me in advance that I’m the designated [...]

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