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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Of Dog Stones and Plat Snoeks …


This is the story of #PlatSnoek. According to our local man on the ground, Dudley Bruce Wessels, the only way to survive the 8 Degree Celsius waters of the #WestCoast is through liberal application of said ‘Plat SNoek’, aka one of those flat bottles of #OldBrownSherry. The correct methodology seems lost in the mists of time (or haze of #OBS), but [...]

No Worries in Naries


One of my best ever #NorthernCape discoveries came on our recent Open Africa #NamaquaCoastalRoute trip … The destination in question is the Naries Namakwa Retreat – www.naries.co.za and one can find it secreted amidst the renosterbos rante on the Kleinzee road 15min west of Springbok. This delightful destination caters for an outdoor crowd keen to combine a unique fresh-air escape with a [...]

Only in Okiep ….


There’s a dorp that goes by the name of Okiep, situated just off the N7 as you hit the #Cape2Namibia Route a dozen kays or so beyond Springbok. But you would probably not know about this – or the fabulous Okiep Country Hotel - because you’re too busy voet-in-die-hoeking along the N7 highway. Well, it’s your loss, buddy, because [...]

To Hell and Back Day 2 – Escape from Die Hel


If you’ve been to HELL & BACK – that iconic and long-running 2-day MTB Stage Race presented by EcoBound Mountain Events – you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about … it’s no wonder all the old hands refer to it as #TheOriginal. This is all about gritty and old-skool cranking, with a unique and down-home [...]

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