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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Beyond the Rift Valley 2018 – Remembering


There’s something about the energy of an African market that is impossible to replicate. The smell of cassava flour and ripe banana and crushed fresh coriander wafting on the breeze; the sound cloud of bartering (and bantering) ebbing and flowing like an endless aural audio loop; the crush of people migrating amidst staggered stalls selling [...]

Retto 2018: Hail the Grail


And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you klap the @Salomon_SA @ottertrailrun! The long-expected Race Day rolled up, with rain and threatening clouds lifting just after dawn to set the scene on 42km of #grailoftrail perfection. The #GardenRoute NP is postcard beautiful on most given days, and the 220-plus #Otter trail runners were raring to be let loose along the testing, [...]

RETTO 2018: The Challenge – 10 years of OTTER

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The #Bloukrans Crossing always makes for excellent drama at the annual @salomon_sa @otterafricantrailrun. And today’s #retto2018 #Challenge has been no different, with some pushing swell pumping into the mouth. Right now, the leaders are at #ngubu hut, where the inimitable Robert Le Brun will surely entertain them with bad jokes and sweaty hugs. It’s a slow [...]

Beyond the Rift Valley 2018 – Tree planting, Bisate Lodge


A major focus of our Dunlop Tyres SA #BeyondTheRiftValley Expedition has always been #doingitforthechildren. Both Peter Van Kets and I are official ambassadors for Children in the Wilderness and it was therefore with a huge sense of pride that we got to participate in a tree planting ceremony with the Wilderness Safaris #EcoClub at the gorgeous #BisateLodge in #rwanda. More than 60 very excited youngsters attended an outdoor lesson [...]

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