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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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Ride4Lions Day 2 – In the Shadow of the Fire Mountains

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Kilimanjaro – with Uhuru Peak at a dizzying 5 895m – rates not only as the highest mountain in Africa, but also as the highest free-standing peak in the world. When you’re cranking across the Kenyan plains, the three dormant volcanic cones of Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira rise against the skyline as an ever-present reminder [...]

Ride4Lions Day 1 – Where Wild Things Are

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Amboseli National Park has been on my radar ever since my days of traveling vicariously via the pages of dozens of National Geographic magazines I devoured in our local library in Grahamstown. I clearly remember Wednesday afternoons when we had 3hrs of freedom to wander into town, and the musty, welcoming smell of books once [...]

iSimangaliso – The Unbearable Beauty of the Eastern Shorts

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In a natural space as impossibly beautiful as #iSimangaliso Wetland Park, it seems nearly unfair to have a favourite section. Bite me, because I do, and it is the #EasternShores. There are just too many facets to this biodiverse section unfolding from #Bhangazi Gate to the seductive shoreline sweep of the Indian Ocean at #CapeVidal. [...]

iSimangaliso – Exploring the Western Shores

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In case you haven’t realised it yet, this #iSimangaliso ’Place of Miracles and Wonders’ is jaw-droppingly huge. It stretches over 332 00ha, all the way from the Kosi Bay Lake Sytem up against Mozambique, for well over 300km southwards to the south of Lake St. Lucia. Our journey started up in the #CoastalForest Section near Rocktail Beach Camp, from where [...]

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