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Djembe man!

2 Days ago, at one of the "Tourist" weddings I do from time to time for KapEvent (mostly German tourists wanting to tie the knot in our fair land), I ended up playing in a drum circle with the minister, a guest djembe performer and the bridal couple! This was the idea of the minister (Walter - a fervant drummer) to give the tourists some Africa to take back. Well, not being a stranger to having to perform multiple roles in weddings (2 days before that I sang and took pics at a friend's wedding), I was most willing to oblige.

Ah, the joys of my job!

Shooting a recipe book

I had the good fortune to shoot a recipe book for NB (Media24). Without giving away too much info, all I can say it was good fun. So people wonder, what happens to food after the shoot. Well, we eat it. Simple as that.

In the old days, yes, people used to use lamp-oil to make food look nice and shiny, but since the fall of the National Party, someone has discovered olive oil and it is actually possible through the very capable hands of chefs like Jean Nel, food stylist Khanya Hunt and her right-hand woman, Thandeka (Winkie), and some basic photo technique from moi (but it's all them really), to make food look good 2-dimensionally, and then eat it afterwards.

How long does it take? Well, we were at it for 5 full days. Styling and prepping takes a long time, and while all that happens I need to get the light right, composition etc, so that when the food arrives hot and steamy, we can shoot and get it out of the way before sauces congeal etc etc etc.

Anyways, I had good fun, as you g…

Thumb-print

I've been thinking about the "thumb-print" phenomenon in the creative industry and how your work carries a certain sublime signature trademark, recognised instantly by those who know your work.

I've over the years sported a serious of flash-in-the-pan thumb-prints, but mostly I think these were personal trends, discoveries, or simple leanings, that permeated my work at different stages. I have lately noticed a certain amount of similarity, not tangible enough to define, but noticable nonetheless, in my creative work. Especially in portraiture, landscapes and commercial portrait work.

One or 2 of my clients hold their own ideas on my thumb-print, some quite confidently, but I'm not quite convinced yet. Is it something one should pursue? Or should one be neutral, as a commercial photographer, almost askewing thumb-prints to be more commercially adabtable? Even as I'm writing this, I know the answer. One can't ignore your thumb-print or leanings, as these def…

Rooibos with Catapult

Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to go shoot for Rooibos LTD in the Cederberg around Clanwilliam with the team of Catapult Advertising Studios, particularly the boss, Rene.. Part of the team was video man Neill and Gerda from Rooibos. We spent the first day on the farms around Clanwilliam and at the factory doing industrial photography. The second day was spent shooting out in the mountains, over the Pakhuis-pass, the Biedouw valley and ultimately Wupperthal!

In the picture above we're all sitting down for a cuppa of Rooibos (no less) at the tea-room in Wupperthal, after which we secured some bread from the bakery and generally spent good time in this magical little village (old mission station) in the mountains. We took the way back that afternoon over "zinkplaat" roads that rearranged our chromosomes temporarily whilst entertaining ourselves with a brand of dry humour best reserved for lonely places. One very funny (probaby you-had-to-be-there)comment made by Ne…

Fill up the studio with STUFF

So, what to do when your studio is 54sq/m big but you need to store about 30000000 cubic tons of produts? Well, you just do what you do when you put a elephant in a matchbox, you take the matches out.

For Svenmill fabrics, earlier this year, this became necessary. For their marketing material, we needed to shoot upholstered sofas, enormous lampshades (they were hung from the ceiling), scatter cusions galore, railings with swatches, sample books etc etc etc....oh, and 4 women. The designers/stylists/clients made up the rest. "Could you put up a curtain railing on your curve?", "Could you screw this into the ceiling", "Could you carrry the sofa there" etc etc. It felt like I was moving house, but it was fun. See, making do is often the way to great thinking, creative problem solving etc etc. I also realised most people don't know how big 54sq m is.

Thanx guys for making do!