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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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Expedition Africa 2018: Part V – Carnage in The Kobee

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It’s been a long week since the ‘Big Babbelaas’, after the Namaqua Wines Party, following on from the Big Sleep, and post #EA2018 … I must confess, it somehow feels way longer, and while looking through the images in this final #ExpeditionAfrica post, there’s a compelling urge time-lining me back to that breathtaking route the racers [...]

Fishermans Trail Challenge 2018

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Missioned up #MuizenbergPeak a couple of hours before dawn this morning to shoot the annual Old Fisherman’s Trail Challenge, which this year sort of morphed into the ‘Muiz Monster Ascent’. Runners had to gun into near-vertical mode straight from the start-line, with no respite until they summitted this craggy pile of rocks before dropping down onto the #Silvermine Trail System. The [...]

Expedition Africa 2018: Part IV – A Commune with Cedars

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Gut-thumpingly craggy, with jagged peaks and stone-chocked gulleys … Golden grasslands a-wave along the Jan Dissels River run-off … Gnarled and contorted mountain cedars, locked in life or death struggles upon high, serrated ridge lines … And heathers, proteas, lilaceas and restios in utter profusion … At first glance the #Cederberg ranges comes across as something out [...]

Expedition Africa 2018: Part III – Hasta La Vista, Knersvlakte

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It is during the early pre-dawn hours on #Day2 that Dudley and I time-line onto the sparse plains of the antediluvian Knersvlakte, or loosely translated, ‘The Plains of Gnashing Teeth’. It is here that the early colonising Trekboers came face to face with the full forces of nature on the Africa nontinent, and frankly, it is not much different [...]

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