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BRAVO! Autumn ’09
March 25, 2009, 11:11 am
Filed under: Photography

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The Autumn ’09 issue of BRAVO! is out now at all decent newsagents and features the fruits of a 3-day portrait shoot with some of SA’s most prominent entertainers. The theme of the issue was ‘green’ and we tried to convey that without resorting to the visual equivalent of being slapped in the face with a wet haddock. Anyway the editor Carien is brave and gave me plenty of creative leeway so it was a whole lot of fun, ableit hard work. Apparently CNA & Pick & Pay didn’t want to stock the mag due to the nudity featured on the cover but it was given the ‘green’ light by the publications board so all’s well that ends well. I’ve posted the full gallery of images here. Feel free to drop me a line and let me know what you think of the results.

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Sunburn & Soccer
March 23, 2009, 9:23 am
Filed under: Photography

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Last week I shot Bafana caps Clifford Ngobeni & Brett Evans & Bafana hopeful Andre Petim for an upcoming GQ fitness feature. It was one of those decpetive days where overcast conditions or a cool breeze leads you to underestimate the strength of the African sun. Last time that happened was under overcast skies at Kyalami racetrack. All I had to show for that was scabs on my forehead and a sock-tan which lingered for at least six months. Fortunately this wasn’t that bad but I did feel a bit like Senior Tomato the next day.



Valiant, Ollie, PG & Pietman
March 11, 2009, 11:08 am
Filed under: Music, Photography

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So I’ve been wondering… If a bear took a crap in the woods and then sat down to write a blog and a tree fell on him and no-one was around to hear it, would anybody give a damn? I’m not really sure, but in a parallel universe it’s almost certain to keep me up at night wondering…

Anyhow, it’s been a while and I’ll save the handful of you that read this thing the cliches but it’s that time again. Had a real fun shoot yesterday with some people I’ve always admired and found quite inspiring. Valiant Swart which to me has always remained true to his love and charted a single-minded meteoric path in the SA music scene. Ollie Viljoen to whom I was first exposed as a young ‘un when my dad listened to his boere musiek and consertina club on the radio. Needless to say he is an accordian player-extraordinaire and complete legend and probably a patriarch of some kind to all whom have picked up an acoustic instrument trying to make an impression on the alternatiewe afrikaanse music scene. Also legendary story-teller and writer PG du Plessis (dis Oom PG vir jou mannetjie) who casts some serious shadows over the Afrkiaans entertainment landscape. And last but not least a mysterious figure simply called “Pietman” who seems to play a mean guitar and I hope to see much more of him in action.

As for the shoot we decided last minute what the feel was we were after and after a quick call to the wonderful Jeanneret Momberg of Middelvlei Estate in Stellenbosch we had the location and headed off to make the most of the remaining minutes of daylight. I should point out that the Momberg family may very well be just the nicest people I have ever met in my life, and I don’t take such assertions lightly.

The last few gasps of sunset were abruptly arrested by stormy inclement weather which seemed to arrive out-of-nowhere and seemingly between exposures. It afforded us the most beautiful moody skies and a great setting for our last few pictures. It was a lovely shoot with great people and I felt priviledged to be audience to the wonderful musical performance as well!