Featured Photographer at FotoExhibit #2

I’m am so blessed to have been asked by Gill Allderman to showcase a body of work at the FotoExhibit #2 held in Cape Town at Cameraland in Long Street.  The exhibition is part of the First Thursday held in Cape Town. With art and culture and exploring the city at night, it is an amazing event for all of us who form part of the life in Cape Town.

In an interview with Cameraland, I was asked about my background and inspiration that forms part of my work. You can view the interview here. Thank you to all involved in the FotoExhibit #2 for this opportunity.

About the Exhibition:
We were at the Knead Bakery in Kloof Street Cape Town in the early hours of the morning shooting for this exhibition. The staff, assistant and myself had to plan our shots and photograph them before opening time and the breakfast rush.

The process of baking is a peaceful discipline, the dusting of flour, the folding of hands, the forming of dough, the baking of bread. Day after day the bakers repeat this process, providing us the joy of breaking bread around the table.

Most of the images taken were very commercial, but as we got nearer the end of our journey on the first day, we saw a new dawn, so to speak, and the “stars” began to shine from the broken breadcrumbs on our last shot. And so, as I was documenting the beginning of baking bread, a new concept was born, “The Beginning of Time”.

We all have seen the stars of the night sky and have been amazed at their beauty. Each one placed in position by God for us to enjoy. I have merely tried by my human standards to recreate creation using the raw ingredients as my subject.

Glamorous Living

Nestled on the slopes of Camps Bay, is one of Judith Hendry’s latest works of interior design. With a brief of glamorous living and a undertone of purple found in anemone, this renovation project has become a house that is stately yet comfortable. The use of a softer grey, creates an elegant style with colours blending in to form a tranquil setting. Wooden ceilings are a great design feature accentuating the space of each room that they are in. Metallic wallpaper forms the central focal point between the dinning room and kitchen where the staircase behind it, leads to the family room with a similar pattern on the scatter cushions. The lounge is made up of three areas for versatile living. The TV area, fireplace and the drinks area which is hidden behind sliding panels. The entertainment room is filled with images from great musicians on a mirrored wall, while on the other side of the room is the big screen for the cinema. For the guest room, Judith asked for one of my images of Cape Town at night, which is in the Neville Lockhart Store. The image was printed as a Dibond, and hangs seamlessly on the wall.





Here comes the sun

I was on set at Photo Hire shooting for Spree for “Here comes the sun,” the summer make up guide. Having the privilege of shooting in one of Cape Town’s great photo studios as well as having the use of  Broncolor lighting equipment, we had some great shots. I was really impressed with the clarity of light coming from the Broncolor Umbrella Para which we used as our main light source. We built two sets on either side of the studio to create the different lighting moods and swopped back and forth depending on the shots.

Thanks to a great team effort from beauty editor Gretha Swinnen and the rest of the crew, Shahnaz (make up), Nandi (hair) and our two models.



AfricaCom, the leading tech event, returned for its 17th annual edition in November 2014, which was held at the CTICC. The event was a great success with over 9,000 attendees. This was the second time that I was privileged to be a part of AfricaCom with 11 events in 3 days, covering exhibitions, masterclasses, panel discussions and networking, just to name a few.



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The Hamptons

When asked to go to The Hamptons, one naturally thinks of getting on an aeroplane and heading off to Long Island New York.  In this case however, interior designer Judith Hendry transformed an ordinary Sea Point apartment in the ideal Hamptons apartment, just across the road from the promenade. I love the way the space has been redesigned adding huge value to every part of the apartment. The colours and textures used in the decor provide a calm and peaceful place of comfort.

Flower Art

I’ve been working on a new collection to go into the store. By taking the flowers already in the collection of images, I’ve been adding layers of textures and creating borders to show how versatile these images are and that they can be, with a little imagination, be transformed into another dimension of photography.

When shooting an image for the store, one needs to keep in mind the potential of the image, how do you see the image and how does the customer buying the image see it.

By creating a new look for the same image, one changes the way the customer thinks about the image. The image creates a different perspective for the buyer and these transformations creates a different mood. The original images are bold with colour while these are toned down to a more calmer relaxed appeal.

This is an ongoing project and new images will be placed in the store on a regular basis. You can see more images in the store here.


Make Five – Maak Vyf

I’ve been working on a few projects with food consultant Heleen Meyer and was asked to shoot her new book for her, Make Five. (Available in Afrikaans as Maak Vyf). This book has been amazing to shoot and for me personally it has been a book I’ve really enjoyed shooting. I must thank Heleen for what I have seen as one of the best briefs that I have received for a book project with Pinterest mood boards and constant updates on our shots.

We were able to have the mood boards open on one of our computer screens while seeing what we were shooting on the other, making comparisons to lighting, depth and backgrounds choices etc. While Heleen and her team were busy with prepping and styling, I would be fine tweaking the photography to get each one just right before the final shot was taken.

The book contains easy recipes where one ingredient is used in five different ways. From salads, to side dishes and meals and never forgetting dessert like the delicious rose-water panna cotta with roasted strawberries.

Make Five is available through Heleen’s website, at book stores nation wide (South Africa), and can also be purchased online. For a video preview of the book, click here.



For The Love Of Avocado

My son Joshua will tell you that one of his most favourite things to eat is an avocado. He simply loves avocado and can have one every day whether its scooped out of the skin with a teaspoon or on toast or in a salad, this is his choice fruit.

When having the chance to shoot avocado, it is always great to see how food editors, stylist and consultants make use of the avocado. So on this shoot with Heleen Meyer, I was exited to see what to do at home for the family. We shot various step by steps, one of which was of how to make your own guacamole which forms part of the Woolworths In-Store promotion presentations. Along with these images was a main image to be used on the Woolworths recipe cards.

Now that I have my set of recipe cards its time for me to stock up on avocado and make my own guacamole.

For the Kids

What a privilege to have been part of this day when life was not about us, but about the children. I’m not talking about my own kids, but those who live far from us in conditions very different from our own. Most of these kids live in the Koue Bokkeveld Mountains north of Ceres in the Western Cape where it snows in winter and they don’t have enough clothing to keep them warm through these winter months.

This has been a project run by the Royal Kidz, who look at the immediate needs of kids in poverty stricken areas. They were brought by bus to Ceres on a very cold and wet day to receive their own school tracksuit, beenie, scarf and a pair of school shoes. Sponsors helped to get all 369 kids from their homes to Ceres, clothing them, motivating them, feeding them and getting them back home safely with their heads held high and proud of their new uniforms. For the first time, they went to school the following week with a complete uniform, ready and warm to study for their bright future.