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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Slangkop Tented Camp

Slangkop TC

Now this is what I call a ‘Holiday in your own Backyard’ … We spent a gorgeous night in the tranquil Slangkop Tented Camp, near Kommetjie, to celebrate Kay’s birthday this past weekend, and it is a truly fabulous spot. The tented camp is one of the stops along the Hoerikwaggo Trail, with easy access [...]

A Bakkie, Some Bikes, and Loads of Back Roads

Bakkie, Bike

Some mountain bike routes needed to be mapped for a new book. Maybe a few camping pix had to be taken. And yup, there were a couple of spots that had to be checked out for future articles … But more importantly, there were family members we needed to catch up with, and it was [...]

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

#eselfonteinMTB

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? [...]

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