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Childhood: grazed knees and mile-wide smiles

This is childhood the way I remember it, not in front of some screen but filled with adventure, fantasy, cuts, scrapes and bronzed bodies. Last week I joined a local family and a batch of their friends at their favourite place to play, just down the road from their home. No, it’s not a playground,… Continue reading Childhood: grazed knees and mile-wide smiles

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Walk-by shootings on the streets of Vancouver

Once upon a time I got to the place where I was comfortable photographing people I don’t know. Complete strangers. I guess it was while living in Madagascar, where the locals were more than willing to be photographed and mostly-unsuspicious of foreigners. Then I moved back to South Africa and began to feel like a… Continue reading Walk-by shootings on the streets of Vancouver

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Swing dancing is alive and well in lower Canuckistan

I have visited and stayed with the same friends whenever I’ve been in the lower mainland of Canuckistan – that is to say, around the Vancouver area. And I have heard said friends gush and go on about the wonderful fun they have swing dancing many Sunday evenings. And so, obviously, as I found myself… Continue reading Swing dancing is alive and well in lower Canuckistan

People · Real LIfe · Summer

A day in the life of two cracodile hunters

Do you remember the two brothers that I shot quarrying for veneer? And the one brother with whom I did a ridiculously cool photoshoot last year? Well, they are back, and in today’s post you get to experience a typical day in their summer vacation. Both are studying – one to be a vet and the… Continue reading A day in the life of two cracodile hunters

People · Photography · Summer

Trampoline hair and posies to warm up for a wedding

One of the main reasons I’ve been shooting people so much recently is that I’m getting ready to shoot a wedding. And, to be honest, wedding photography is anything but my forté. And so I am practising. (Whatever you do, don’t tell the wedding party!) Ah, just joking – they read my blog and know… Continue reading Trampoline hair and posies to warm up for a wedding

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Student, iron giant, sportsman, classical musician, amateur model …

I love informal photoshoots. The day before flying up north out of Vancouver, as I was driving home from a short shopping trip, I called home to warn one of the students to get ready for a shoot. But the time I got home he was singing in the shower, and other house guests were… Continue reading Student, iron giant, sportsman, classical musician, amateur model …

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Cobbling together rodeo photos with the “wrong” lenses

Before leaving home on my current odyssey, I knew that I would be going without my favourite lens, the 70-200 f/2.8 VRII. As one user described it, “This Nikon lens … is an excellent combination for capturing everything from the action at a sporting event to beautiful images of a family against the sunset or a young couple in… Continue reading Cobbling together rodeo photos with the “wrong” lenses

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When you realise you aren’t who you thought you were

As you can tell by the title, I may have issues with who I am. Nothing major, but for some time now I’ve started seeing myself as a renowned travel blogger. I blame my family for this incorrect, dare I say inflated, perception of myself when it comes to my photography. There’s my father who… Continue reading When you realise you aren’t who you thought you were

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Throwback Thursday: The passing of a legend

It was with deep sadness that I heard of the death of legendary Malagasy sprinter Jean-Louis Ravelomanantsoa this morning. I knew that he had been battling cancer in Lyon, France, for the last year, but it was still a shock to hear of his passing on Tuesday, aged 73. I knew Jean-Louis and his wife, Ingrid, from Tana City Church… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: The passing of a legend

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Real life: so much better than reality TV

How many people can say they know any real-life gold miners? I can, and recently I got to visit them at their claim in the heart of the Cariboo in Canuckistan, which is well-known for the gold rush in the late 1850s, early 1860s. Several towns grew up at that time, the most famous of these being Barkerville,… Continue reading Real life: so much better than reality TV

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A shoot I never thought I would do

As I sat down to write this blog, several friends sprang to mind – those who, along with me, never thought they would live to see me do a photo shoot like the one I attempted on Sunday. I imagined them shaking their heads and laughing at my awkwardness. I imagined everything Kim, Sue and their boys… Continue reading A shoot I never thought I would do