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I Shot Pablo
December 13, 2011, 5:20 pm
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Pablo Francisco

Not Escobar. He was shot by the Colombian National Police at the tail-end of 1993. Rather, American comedian Pablo Francisco. He seemed pretty tired and weary after a long day of press engagements, of which we were the last. But we managed to squeeze some in some good options in the fifteen minutes we had. Also, he managed to get in some quality quiet time on the porter trolley.

Check Pablo do the preview guy below. Pretty damn excellent.

Check out more images from the shoot here.

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Ashtray Electric Press Shoot
May 18, 2011, 7:35 pm
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Ashtray Electric

Got to spend some time with the guys from Ashtray Electric in my garage a few weeks back. Rudi and I had been chatting for a while about a possible collaboration, so the launch of the new album was a good excuse to mess around a bit.

Ashtray Electric's "Measured In Falls"

The art direction of the album is quite abstract and has quite an – for the lack of a more articulate catch-all – ‘anonymous’ feel to it. The shoot allowed us to explore a more impressionistic canvass. How fucking cool and pretentious does that sound!? Anyway, we settled on a few key images which should appease most of the press-hounds.

Ashtray Electric

Just for good measure there’s a psychedelic freak-out which they can stick up inside the toilets at gigs. It should have the kids reconsidering their choice of hallucinogenics.

Ashtray Electric

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Close-up Portraits in GQ
October 7, 2010, 9:39 am
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GQ October 2010

GQ magazine features a selection of my close-up portraits in its October 2010 issue. You can even win a camera if you can identify all seventeen of the people featured. I suspect it’s not a Leica M9 Titanium. I’m also pretty sure it doesn’t feature the Noctilux-M 50mm F/0.95. If it was I’d be generating enough pseudo-personae to guarantee permanent residency at the local multiple personality disorder support group. If you can relate to my pain re. the Leica you might be interested in this. I want it so bad it’s aching in my nether-regions…

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Men’s Health Best Men 2010
August 11, 2010, 9:40 am
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Men's Health Best Men 2010

Over the last week or so I’ve had the distinct privilege of making portraits of some of the most inspiring men in South Africa. The assignment has been for the Men’s Health Best Men 2010 awards and event which takes place this week. I guess ol’ Jack said it best. These guys really really make me wanna be a better man. I won’t reveal too much on the who/where at this stage but will be doing individual posts over the next week or so.

Read more about the event and nominees here.

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Taxi Violence In Your Neighborhood!
August 3, 2010, 8:00 am
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Since moving down from Jozi about two years ago my wife and I have often remarked that Cape Town is a small place. More often than not when you’re out you’ll run into someone you know.

Louis came for a close-up portrait this afternoon and after a bit of head-scratching and orientation the penny dropped that he and Rian have just moved in across the street. So I guess that kinda makes us neighbors. It felt kind of surreal as I bade him farewell and he drove about 30m across the street.

Taxi Violence

Anyway, this completes the collection of portraits of the members of Taxi Violence. Apart from almost certainly having one of the best band names ever, they’re a great band that you definitely should check out.

I guess the Stones said it best – “I know it’s only Rock ‘n Roll, but I like it…

More info on the band here. Buy the music here.

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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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