Struisbaai

This was my last day of 2017. Spent with friends at the tip of Africa. 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Camera Used / Olympus-S 35mm

Film Used / Kodak Ektar 100 ISO

 

The Bent Head

 
 
 
 
 
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Camera Used / Olympus-S 35mm 

Film Used / Fujifilm Superia 400 ISO

Karoo Road Trip

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Camera Used / Olympus-S 35mm 

Film Used / Fujifilm Superia 400 ISO

Wolfgat

Chef Kobus van der Merwe at Wolfgat his restaurant in Peternoster, South Africa. 

 
 
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Camera Used / Olympus-S 35mm 

Film Used / Fujifilm Superia 400 ISO

Monochrome / 002

Since it's December now and summer is here I thought it would be a good time to put out these images I shot during the cold, rainy, windy winter here in cape Town. 

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I love shooting when it's misty outside, the mist can really emphasize your subject and eliminate a busy and unwanted background. I like the minimal feel you get shooting in the mist.  

These images top and bottom are just some random portraits shot of Andrew playing on the mountain, exploring the the cold, misty landscape. 

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Above is a couple of images shot in my apartment in Vredehoek and below is the iconic Lions Head, part of Table Mountain National Park. I have been up that road so many times, but it's still a magical place with an amazing view of the city and the mountain. 

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Ending this little series with a warm, steamy bathroom shot. Probably the best way to end a day outside in a cold and stormy Cape Town.   

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Camera Used / Olympus-S 35mm 

Film Used / Deadpan 100 ISO

Endless Daze / 2017

Since I'm not much of a writer this is a photo story of my experience and the things I documented at Endless Daze, 2017. Let me just start by saying a huge congratulations and thank you to the Psych Night guys for yet another amazing festival. I also want to thank Cape Film Supply for always making sure I have film in my cameras. 

 

2 Days And Counting.

 
 
 
 
 

Festival Day One.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Festival Day Two.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Another huge thank you to everybody that made this experience possible. See you guys next year. 

Camera Used / Canon EOS 3D

Lenses Used / Canon 35mm f2, Tamron 24-70mm f2.8, Canon 70-200mm f2.8

Film Used / Fujifilm C200 ISO, Fujifilm XTRA 800 ISO, Kodak Portra 800 ISO 

Expired Film / 001

On a recent road trip I was given an old, expired and rusty film. I obviously loaded the film in my camera and hoped for the best. This series is some of my favorite images from that film. 

I love the weird spots and imperfections. I mean you won't shoot a paid job on it, but just for fun they came out pretty nice. Again most of the images shot in and around Cape Town. 

The image below of the pelicans in flight is one of my favorites, almost feels like you are under water, if you use a bit of imagination. 

I really had no expectations for this roll of film, when I got the film back from the lab it had bits of emulsion missing and they didn't even want to cut the roll for me as you couldn't see where one frame stops and the next one starts.  

The first couple of images on the roll was effected the most as they where on the outside and I guess closest to the rust, etc. The film was more than 10 years old when I got it and I am pretty sure it was not kept in a cool dry place. 

I would recommend all film addicts to at least once shoot an old and expired roll of film. I have shot a couple over the years and most of them came out perfectly fine, but then when you get that weird one it really sparks a bit of creativity and you know those images can never be copied even if you tried. Truly unique. 

The image below was the first shot of the roll, I have absolutely no idea what I photographed, it doesn't really matter as it anyway got replaced with some amazing and random textures. Maybe nature just wanted to take a shot on my film and this is what happened.   

Camera Used / Olympus-S 35mm 

Film Used / Fujifilm Superia 200 ISO ( Expired, rusted and more than 10 years old.)

24 Hours In Johannesburg

We recently took a small trip to Johannesburg. As always I had a film camera with me and shot a couple of images while traveling, etc. So this is pretty much what I saw in 24 hours. 

It's super nice to travel with someone like Michael (@michaelmichaelellis). Always keen to shoot some frames and explore a bit. 

Johannesburg and Pretoria changed so much since I last spent time there. It just feels like you're in a massive ants nest, People everywhere you look and so much happening all around you. I do prefer things a little less chaotic. 

Back at the airport for a beer or two and some editing and of to Durban to spend 24 hours there. 

Aaaagh window seat and flying with the sunset. What a treat. So as expected I almost shot a full role of film from plane. 

Camera Used / Olympus-S 35mm 

Film Used / Fujifilm Superia 200 ISO

Cape Town, ZA / 002

These images where shot in and around Cape Town on those perfect, calm summer nights. The ones you dream of when it's raining sideways and you have more than one blanket on your bed.

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The days are longer and the whole of Cape Town comes alive and wants to spend as much time as possible outside. Soaking up all the vitamin D our bodies are deprived of over the last couple of months. 

Chilling with some friends watching the sunset and enjoying a sun downer or two after a good surf, really one of my favorite things to do. It makes you realize and appreciate the bautiful country and city we live in and so often take for granted. 

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Also really nice to know someone that knows someone that's got an airplane, it might be small but, it does the job. What an experience flying over the cape peninsula when the sun is setting and the sky turns all shades of orange and red. One little adventure I can reccomend to anyone visiting Cape Town. 

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The perfect end to the perfect day with a burger and a couple of beers at Lefty's. 

Camera Used / Olympus-S 35mm 

Film Used / Fujifilm Superia 400 ISO

Goodbye...

On the 19th of March this year we lost my grandmother. Born on November 6, 1936, she lived an amazing life and I felt I had to document her last days spent on earth. I chose to shoot the series on a grainy black and white film to bring out the mood we felt in hospital. It's never easy saying goodbye. 

We had quite a close bond and shared a mutual love for nature, animals and travel. She never had the opportunity to travel, but from a very young age showed me pictures in books and showed me documentaries on nature and wildlife. She is one of the reasons I want to travel and explore the world, spend time outdoors. She showed me what is important and that we should respect nature and all the living creatures on our planet. I owe my love of nature to my grandmother.  

This series of images was shot the last time I had the pleasure of being in the company of this amazing human being. The kindest and most caring person I could have asked for sharing my life with. 

The whole family came together, we knew it wasn't going to be long so we all said our goodbye's, trying to stay positive that things might still change and that we would have another couple of weeks maybe months, but that unfortunately wasn't the case. It wasn't the easiest series of images to take, but I felt I had to document the last days of such and amazing person.   

She left a hole in all of our hearts that can never be filled.

We will miss you dearly... 

Camera Used / Canon EOS3 35mm 

Film Used / Ilford Delta 3200 ISO

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Vermaaklikheid

As we grow older and approach that age where getting married, having children and buying houses are some of our day to day tasks we tend to loose contact with the people, friends and family we use to spend most of our time with.

It's really up to us to stay connected and make time for the people we want in our lives. So a couple of weeks ago me and a couple of long time friends hit the road to escape the daily grind and explore a place we haven't been.  We all left from different towns at different times with the aim to meet up at a house we rented for the weekend. 

Cars packed to the brim with fishing gear, dogs, camera equipment, an outboard motor and enough supplies to last for a couple of days our adventure started. We drove up the N2 heading west towards Heidelberg which took us about 5 hours as traffic out of Cape Town on a Friday afternoon can be quite a nightmare. 

After enjoying another amazing South African sunset in our rear view mirror we eventually got to the dirt road that would take us to our final destination. In complete darkness we had another 65km to go, with fog so dense and low on the road it felt surreal, almost like we where sailing on water. After what felt like an eternity following light beams and smoke signals from the rest of the crew already relaxing we made it, drinks where made and stories shared into the late hours of the night. 

The morning was spent making brunch, which felt like an Michelin starred kitchen, everybody had a job and meeting the new members of our family who where already asleep when we arrived the night before. 

The boys then packed some fishing gear, camera's and a full cooler box and boated down the Duiwenhoks river for some exploration with the hopes of bringing home some dinner, it didn't happen. The girls spend the day with the little humans, hiking catching up and drinking wine. 

More than one fire was started as winter in South Africa gets pretty cold when there is snow on the mountains. Drinks started flowing, food was made on the braai and the day's experiences shared. 

Nothing really gets close to waking up to the sound of nature and the smell of decent coffee. Sitting next to the river heating up and watching the reflections on the water I can't stop myself from contemplating leaving everything in search of a minimal life, doing only what I really want. Building a tiny house or a boat and living with only what I need...

Before we knew it the family portrait was taken, hugs exchanged, promises of future adventures made and cars packed ready for the drive back to where money is made and days are filled with meetings and emails. 

If there is one thing I learn on every adventure into nature which I would love to implement more and more in my life, it would be to live by these rules, less things, more experience.                                                                    

Camera Used / Olympus-S 35mm 

Film Used / Fujifilm Superia 200 ISO