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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Grootvadersbosch Trail Run 2015

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Visiting the GVB Conservancy is one of my great pleasures every year. It is a place of undiluted natural grandeur, brimming with ecological treasures ranging from minute restios blooms to gargantuan gorges that conspire to take your breath away. I mean that both literally and figuratively, as the ascents to the hiking hut and out [...]

Tripping the Eselfontein Trails

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If you had to go by the name ‘Eselfontein’, you’d never have a clue as to all the 2WheelStoke awaiting you on the Eselfontein Getaway trails near Ceres. No donkeys, no asses (except the ones on the bikes), but heaps of iron steeds … maybe Deon and Janene Malherbe should change the name to Bergfietsfontein? [...]

iSimangaliso: Four Days in MTB Paradise

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Tamped hippo trails slip-sliding along the pampassy edge of the Western Shores estuary … Back-country bombing the wild and whippy cattle tracks of the Lebombo ranges … Game trail cranking amidst free-ranging rhino, giraffe, elephant and bone-crunching carnivores … Leisure cruising the emerald sand forests of the Eastern Shores section … Jeez bru. Let’s put [...]

Desert Knights – Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds on a Desert Ride

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That, my friends, is Dinkum. I do a lot of mountain bike events, rides and stage races around the world, but the #DK Experience comes damn close to the best time I’ve had on an MTB in at least a million years. There is a certain something – I can’t get myself quite so far [...]

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