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    Snaps: The Otter Trail on 35mm film

    “Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable” – Mary Oliver When I first read this line of poetry a couple of years ago, it rang so pure and true in my soul, it became my life’s motto in an instant. Not that I’ve always been super successful at this – sometimes the slog of daily life becomes so all-encompassing, it’s all too easy to lose that sense of wide-eyed wonder. That’s kind of where I found myself at the end of 2018: looking back on a year of incredible opportunities and fulfilling projects but just completely exhausted to the bone. I felt an overwhelming longing for simplicity and…

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    Lion’s Head: two alternative routes to try

    It’s a strange compulsion we Capetonians have – this need to conquer Lion’s Head. Not once. Not twice. But as many times as we possibly can. At the crack of dawn. As dusk settles over the city. By the light of the full moon. There’s a mountain in the middle of the city and we shall climb it. We shall climb it till our feet would follow the path even if our eyes were blindfolded. And we shall Instagram every attempt and share our pics on Facebook too. I guess it says a lot about our need to reconnect with nature, but when you’re battling crowds just to get a…

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    Snaps: All the pretty places

    So, I haven’t really been taking many photos recently. I tend to go through phases, and seem to be in my uninspired photography phase at the moment. Not great, but as with all things in life, it won’t last forever. Despite this, two places I visited recently managed to spark a sudden burst of artistic inspiration: the little Swartland it-town of Riebeek Kasteel and Vergelegen Wine Estate in Somerset West. There really isn’t that much more to say about Riebeek Kasteel than that it’s everything you would want a quaint little Swartland town to be: pretty, full of intriguing shops, awash with wine, populated by fascinating people. Vergelegen, on the…