Sunday, August 24, 2008

Elopers - Michael & Jasmin

A month or 2 ago (sorry, I'll be posting some belated, but interesting projects as well, from time to time), Michael & Jasmin got married at the Slangkop Lighthouse, Kommetjie, Cape Town, South Africa. (They're in good company as Richard Gere (or company at least), is currently filming his latest offering there among other places.) Well, at, is not an accurate description, but rather, in, and more specifically; at the top. 33 meters up a circular stairway, next to a lamp that will take me from caucasian to roughly Pantone Firetruck Red in a glance.

All this is still fun, you see, as I don't mind heights, and I have done jobs up there before, and I like different locations. And I'm not indifferent to the odd European elopers who wish to get married in our fair town. Weddings are a creative break for me, and I find focusing on these small, intimate weddings keep my interest in creative, thinking-on-your-feet shooting, without the hassles of big wedding drama etc. I still do the odd local wedding, but prefer these, as the total production and turn-around for such a wedding is 3 days, versus months of a local wedding.

Michael and Jasmin, if memory serve correctly are residing in London, but are German by passport. Most of these couples are German, Austrian or Swiss, as my agent focuses on these. I often sign as witness as well.

Anyways, below are some happy snaps from the day including a pic of Jonty Acton, videographer (www.idodigital.co.za) , who just happens to be very indifferent to heights, i.e. he has some vertigo issues. We made sure he was safely secured to his spot in the top mezzenine, before the rest of us commenced with our different tasks. Rob (the marriage officer) to marry them, Christiane (www.capetownwedding.eu) being the agent and hanging onto the ladder, Michael and Jasmine to say "i do" and myself to take ravishing pics.

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The black and white image of the tower was taken as an after-thought, and has since been printed on canvas and hung from my brother's entertainment room wall. The effects on the image include a really funky infra-red type action and some other thingies.

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As you can see though, good fun accompanies good work. Whenever you are in the area, go and have a peak at the beautiful view of Kommetjie and the South Peninsula, ask some questions and try to go up the stairs, all the way to the top, in one breath!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

At the Library

Well, the last couple of posts has featured Jeremy, and this one will as well, as after 8 years of working on my own, he is definitely bringing some new experiences to DNP.

Last week we were commissioned to shoot "The Library", owned by Minki van der Westhuizen and hubby Constant Visser, in Stellebosch for Wine Magazine.  The general brief was lifestyle, Minki, food etc etc as you would expect on a restaurant featured owned by celebrities. This however is not the point of the post.

The Library's decor consists among other things of wallpaper made up of paper-back and other more refined book-covers. To top it up there are shelves put up along the whole restaurant filled with books (which apparently numbers approximately 2500). While waiting around for the journalist (Leigh Robertson) to arrive, Jeremy started looking around. Among the 2nd hand books that was used to create the Library effect he found an old sketch-pad with 2 pastel sketches in it. The rest of the pad was..... empty empty empty (echo). To a creative mind that is just too scary or exciting and he immediately decided that it would be ok to start drawing in it. However, halfway through his Bic-pen masterpiece we had to start working, so the drawing of a funny looking "Woody Allen"-ish type figure without arms chased by/chasing (?) jelly-fish, had to be stopped half-way. However, is this bad? No, not in the mind of Jeremy. This is fate en the drawing stopped right there.

Upon arriving Constant noticed the drawing lying there, and shortly after most of the staff and attendees of the shoot as well. All were well impressed with the art. Thus the idea was born: guests need to use this sketch pad while they wait. Jeremy promptly signed it, with a cool little message I can't recall, and we put down the particulars of the day: Shoot for wine blah blah blah. So whenever you're in the vicinity of The Library in Stellenbosch (in the square behind the Spur), and feel peckish, swing past there, order some good food and grab the old A4 Croxley sketch pad. First turn to Jeremy's drawing for inspiration and get cracking!

The pics turned out great as well, on a photography note, with me having to create a summery feel in a dimly lit restaurant, but we managed well, (STROBISTS: 1 800 W Head and another 300W head to the back, sunlight diffused by awning to front). Anyways, here it one of Minki is, and of Jeremy holding his sketch.

NOTE: These images are exclusively licensed to Wine Mag, so see the October issue for the article and the rest of the pics. Bad Karma and much litigation awaits the one who dares use these images!

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