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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Howick & Karkloof Region 2016


Nothing quite beats a day out in the KZN Midlands, especially if that day happens within the gorgeous #Karkloof Conservancy. Extensive #sappiforests patchwork this verdant corner of the Last Outpost, and everyone from dog lovers and birders, to off-road explorers, trail runners and mountain bikers have claimed the great outdoors here as part of their little piece of [...]

Howick MTB Trails 2016


Nothing quite beats a day out in the extensive #sappi forests blanketing the scenic #kzn #midlands. #Karkloof may well be the immaculately groomed ‘Fat-Track Fairy Princess’ of the Midlands #MTB World, but for many local mountain bikers, the real deal is the #Howick Trails network. This is the hard-core #DH sista, and on iconic sections like ‘The Face’, you’d be trail kill if you don’t bring your [...]

Karkloof Trails Shoot 2016


I’ve been raving about the #Karkloof MTB Trails – mostly within the extensive #SAPPI Plantations surrounding #Howick - ever since I first rode there 3 years ago. My most recent visit to this #singletrack paradise has re-affirmed my love affair with these gorgeous trails, and the good news is that there is a whole bunch of brand new routes to go and play [...]

A Hit of Rooikloof #XTC


Got to take the new Giant Bicycles South Africa #XTC Advanced on its first proper off-trail mission in the stunning Roggeveld surrounds from #Rooikloof Guest Farm, near Sutherland. Very lekker to have Zane Schmahl from #EcoboundMTB with me on his #VIPA, as part of a potential scout around the #Karoo leg of the multi-day #RideTheRail #MTB Tour. Hopping fences [...]

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