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Seu Jorge & Almaz
July 30, 2010, 1:00 pm
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Seu Jorge and Almaz

The new Seu Jorge album is out now with his new band Almaz. Jorge is probably better than most at interpreting the music of others. We last – and most famously – saw him and heard his Portuguese interpretations of the songs of David Bowie for The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou soundtrack.

I’m really loving the new album and the covers especially never fail to bring a smile to my face. His rendition of Kraftwerk’s “The Model” is a deadpan dub trip that sounds like it’s playing inside an empty cavernous club while you’re swaying around drunk wondering if everyone still has to show up or if they’ve all left… Among some Brazilian classics he also does Roy Ayers‘ “Everybody Loves The Sunshine” and Michael Jackson‘s “Rock With You”.

Listen to the full album on KCRW untill August 17th.

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Ory Okolloh for Wired (UK)
July 29, 2010, 7:00 am
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Ory Okolloh of Ushahidi

A couple of months ago I got a request from the UK edition of Wired Magazine to shoot a portrait of Ory Okolloh of the Ushahidi organization. Ushahidi.com was developed as a means to report and track post-election violence and relief efforts in Kenya in 2008. Since its inception the platform and organization has grown in scope and today commands global reach and application.

The brief called for an environment which showed an element of urban decay and despite downtown Jo’burg – and more specifically the Newtown precinct – being the benefactor of much inner-city rejuvenation, we managed to find an area that satisfied the brief. Downtown Jo’burg is still a pretty edgy place to shoot though, especially if you’re running around with R100K of photographic and lighting equipment. Needless to say my assistant Blake and I kept things pretty Guerrilla-style and got the job done in about 15 minutes flat.

Read the Wired article here or online here. If you prefer German, a similar feature was run in the Swiss newspaper SonntagsZeitung.

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Great Moustaches
July 28, 2010, 7:00 am
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A recent addition to my close-up portrait series gave me pause to reflect on what a fantastic assertion of maleness (for the lack of a better term) the moustache is. Seldom popular with the fairer sex, facial hair really is the final line of defense in our ongoing battle against demasculation and becoming androgynous girly-men. It’s also exclusively – except for a few isolated exceptions – a male privilege to sport said facial appendage.

It didn’t take me long to come up with my own Moustache Hall of Fame. Clockwise from top-left, English comic actor Terry-Thomas, Australian cricketing legend Merv Hughes, comic genius Harry Shearer as Derek Smalls, former Hold Steady keyboard player Franz Nicolay, all-round childhood hero Magnum, P.I. and surrealist extraordinaire Salvador Dalí.

Moustache Hall of Fame

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Monday Morning Classic Clip
July 26, 2010, 7:00 am
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Karin Dreijer Andersson

In this lame-ass era of carbon-copy “pop-stars” genuine eccentrics are far and few between. Karin Dreijer Andersson of Fever Ray and enigmatic duo The Knife is such a person. She also doesn’t pass when the opportunity to freak out some regular folk presents itself.



Men Without an Antwoord
July 24, 2010, 3:22 pm
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The older I get the happier I am that I grew up in the 80’s. The era of Knight Rider, The A-Team and The Dukes of Hazard. Admittedly fashion was pretty diabolical with snow-washed jeans, Gypsey sneakers, Chinese slippers and breakdance pants being the order of the day. In retrospect, much of the music has aged pretty well and tunes that would previously been a purely ‘guilty pleasure’ now seems to fill me with exceedingly less guilt as time marches on…

Having said that, am I the only one having a hard time spotting the difference between these two videos? You be the judge.

Exhibit A: Men Without Hats – “Safety Dance”

Exhibit B: Die Antwoord – “Enter The Ninja”?



Derek van Dam for eTV
July 23, 2010, 10:15 am
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Derek van Dam on Camps Bay beach

We braved a pretty chilly Atlantic ocean yesterday morning to shoot über-weather maestro Derek van Dam for a series of new billboards for eTV. Left the shoot with sandy feet and wet jeans. My lens aperture wasn’t the only thing that contracted during the shoot… if you know what I mean!



TYRED for GQ
July 21, 2010, 6:24 pm
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Sean Smith of Tyred

I love the fact that being a photographer gives me the opportunity to use my GPS and head off to places I haven’t been before and meet people I probably wouldn’t otherwise. This morning I headed off to Elsie’s River (the name is almost certainly cooler than the place) to shoot Sean Smith of Tyred for GQ magazine. Tyred is the brainchild of Sean and Delarey Wagner and they’re part of a growing number of designers giving a second life to materials and items formerly destined for the junkyard and landfill sites.

I most recently saw tyres being used on a community build project for a residential home on the BBC program Grand Designs. Having become increasingly aware of the need to recycle our junk over the last few years I think it’s a great idea.

Perhaps when I get off my soapbox I’ll go and recycle that as well.