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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

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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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One of the blog posts you just don’t know how to write

I had every intention to post every weekday when I started blogging here again last month. And I was doing pretty well. Until two Sundays ago, when, at around 5am, a friend of mine died. I had planned to go downtown that day to take photos of beautiful old cars, and then to shoot rednecks careening through mud in their souped-up… Continue reading One of the blog posts you just don’t know how to write

Quesnel · Real LIfe

Wild Cow Milking is a thing. Seriously.

Three years ago I attended my first ever rodeo in Canuckistan, or anywhere else in the world, for that matter. I had no idea what to expect, apart from what I had seen in movies or on television. I suppose I expected the bucking broncos, bull riding and a rodeo clown, but definitely wasn’t prepared… Continue reading Wild Cow Milking is a thing. Seriously.

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A few of the Cottonwood characters

Earlier today or yesterday (depending on where in the world you are) I wrote about a Saturday-night gathering that takes place in the Cottonwood Community Hall just up the road – 40km – from where I live. Rather than rehash the whole story, I’d recommend that you go and read it for yourself, if you… Continue reading A few of the Cottonwood characters

Cariboo · Night time · People · Real LIfe · Travel

Time travel at the Cottonwood Community Hall

As far back as anyone can remember, the residents of Cottonwood, a settlement in British Columbia’s Cariboo region, have been gathering at the community hall on a Saturday night. Originally a ranch, this little community grew to cater for miners drawn to the Cariboo Gold Rush in the late 1800s. Once the gold had mostly been depleted and… Continue reading Time travel at the Cottonwood Community Hall

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Crash, burn, pass, Cariboo hillbilly-style

Of course, one of the first things I wanted to do once I arrived in Quesnel was to see friends I’d last seen in 2014. The second was to attend “Billy Barker Days” events, the first of which was taking place on the Thursday evening – Crash to Pass. Quesnel’s Billy Barker Days is a… Continue reading Crash, burn, pass, Cariboo hillbilly-style