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RIP Nelson Mandela

You cannot turn your head this past week, without seeing some likeness of Nelson Mandela somewhere, alas, not even my blog. I never had the privilege of meeting this man, I only heard what a great presence he had about him. I watched on TV when I was 12 years old, as he walked out of the gates of Victor Verster Prison in Paarl. I heard all the apprehensive, fearful, hopeful, worried, optimistic and confused opinions flying about for the next ….well, 24 years. I heard the “Now they’re gonna chase us [white people] into the  sea” to the newly liberated opinions of white people who for years were quietly very opposed to what was going on, but were afraid to speak. I have enough memory and experience of Apartheid to realise what has transpired when Nelson Mandela handled  things the way he did. I have seen many ardent supporters of Apartheid look back and say, that wasn’t right, and that Nelson Mandela is an amazing man.He wasn’t perfect, he wasn’t even always right, as a politician, but …

Shooting Loki Rothman

Loki Rothman is a solo music artist from Cape Town, a session guitarist for the likes of Jack Parow and Die Antwoord, a producer and guitar teacher. His singles have been in heavy rotation on national and local stations, and once you listen to it, you’ll understand. Co-produced by DJ HiTek of Die Antwoord, there is no shortage of credentials behind this guy. He contacted me to get his publicity pics done and also some images for his latest single “Clocks”.I’m not going to go into too much detail of the technical specifications of the shoot etc. Basically he gave me a good brief, on what he needed for the CD cover, for publicity and for his equipment endorsements. We booked a day in the studio and had Joleta Keane come do the make-up. What was clear from the moment I met him in a coffee-shop, and take note aspiring musicians and artists and entrepreneurs; he was all business. Prepared, researched, diligent and clear with what he wants. Professional and a really hellavu nice bloke. My …

Porsche Slantnose 930 for Total 911

Earlier this year, myself and automotive journalist, Wilhelm Lutjeharms, found our way to Chapman’s Peak Drive, probably the most iconic automotive advertising locations in the world, to photograph the rare Porsche 911 Turbo 930 Slantnose for Total 911 magazine in the UK.  I’m decidedly not a petrol-head, and have been driving panel-van’s, commercial vehicles or station-wagons for most of my adult life. This is probably due to my job, and the requirements I have for lugging around equipment. I can’t change a spark-plug, or a car’s oil for that matter, and I don’t know the muffler from the crank-shaft. (Ok, I do, but you catch my drift.) Having said that, I have driven, and driven in some of the most iconic, intense vehicles ever to land on these shores.Being a rather aesthetically inclined individual, I can appreciate a beautiful machine, and the noise it makes. As I’m not comparing performance, torque and whatnot when I appraise a car, I’m generally unencumbered by such prejudices, a…

Danie Nel INSIDE: Jenny Morris -Taste The World Shoot

Taste the World with Jenny MorrisJenny Morris, the Giggling Gourmet, has launched another beautiful book. I was privileged again to be able to be a part of this amazing project.Jenny’s previous book, “Cooking with Jenny Morris” was a blast of colours, tastes and fun.This time around, Jenny took her inspiration from her travels, and brought them to the kitchen, where myself and Caro Gardner, the stylist, were charged with making everyone see how awesome these dishes are. First off: the cover shot. I’m not going to discuss that here, but you can read the blog post relating to that shoot (it was done prior the commencement of the food photography for this book). Herewith a video to refresh you memory, or show you how that went down. Shooting the cover for “Jenny Morris–Taste the World” As I’ve mentioned before, Caro Gardner took care of the styling on this particular job. For those who think styling food on a project such as this is just pushing leaves around and playing with tweezers, yo…