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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Mola Mola Rescue – Port Nolloth

Mola Mola

  Our beach run in beautiful McDougalls Bay turned into a bit of an adventure rescue mission this afternoon. After the rush of the /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, me and Peter Kirk decided to recharge our batteries en route to Cape Town, but spotted a giant sunfish about a km into the run. The species Mola Mola grows [...]

Back in civilisation after Desert Knights MTB Challenge 2016

Back after DK

Back in signal after a few days of utter wilderness bliss in the /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. For the past week, Peter Kirk and I have been filming and shooting ‪#‎DesertKnights‬, and we are absolutely suffused with equal parts dust, mindspace and mountain biking stoke … I mean, where else in the world can you ride under a full [...]

Desert Knights MTB Challenge 2016 Day 3: Grit, Glory and Gamchab Canyon


One of my favourite days of‪#‎mountainbiking‬ in the world, with a wild night ride from /Ai/Ais to the remote and rugged Gamchab Canyon. A wilderness site awaits the riders here, with the tents sheltered within the lee of a soaring 150m cliff. Peter Kirk and I climbed into the shale-shocked peaks surrounding the camp to shoot night exposure [...]

Desert Knights MTB Challenge 2016 Day 1: Hup Hup Hobas

DK day 1

First day of ‪#‎DesertKnights‬ 2016 is done and dusted, with an edge-of-the-cliff 35km ride along the gorge(ous) Fish River Canyon in the /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park in ‪#‎Namibia‬ last night. A scattering of rain drops and threatening skies mirrored the exhilaration of the field of riders. Today we saddle up to ride to the /Ai/Ais Hot Springs, traversing one of [...]

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