• Featured,  Personal

    Snaps: Lockdown morning walks

    It’s safe to say that, right now, none of us is probably where we thought we’d be at the beginning of the year. Maybe you were meant to be heading off on a long-awaited overseas holiday. Or perhaps you were gearing up to cheer your matric class on for their June and September exams. Chances are, you were planning some sort of special family gathering – whether around Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or a birthday. Me? Well, you know where I was meant to be. Married and living in our new home. Alas, lockdown entered and none of that happened.

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    Love in the time of lockdown

    If all had gone as planned, we would have been on day five of a blissful honeymoon somewhere along the Garden Route (I think…). Instead, here we are on day 14 of a 21-day national lockdown, hunkered down in our homes, movement restricted to only the most necessary excursions. The government’s noble effort to help flatten the curve of Covid-19 infections in South Africa.

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    Snaps: Return of the SA Agulhas II on 35mm film

    Earlier this year, I had the privilege of joining a very special welcoming party on the docks of Table Bay Harbour, just around the corner from the V&A Waterfront. The SA Agulhas II supply and research ship was returning from an expedition to Antarctica and on board was my cousin, Danielle, along with her boyfriend, Andre. The two had spent more than a year at the SANAE IV research base, working as engineers. It was truly special being able to join the Taljaard and Odendaal families for this momentous occasion. I’m still trying to pin Danielle down for a proper interview about her experience, but in the meantime, here are a few…

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    Snaps: Experimenting with expired film

    I recently hit the 35mm jackpot when I stumbled upon an incredible deal on Bidorbuy: 12 expired Kodak Gold 100 ISO films for something ridiculous like R200. Obviously, I put my bid and – to my absolute surprise – won the auction without even the slightest hint of an opponent. Since setting out on my experimentations with film photography mid-last year, I’ve been dreaming about shooting on expired film, simply because it increases the chances of thrilling and unexpected effects in the final product. Well, I finished my first roll of the Bidorbuy batch (which expired in 2007) last week and picked up my developed images at Orms today. While…

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    Featured,  Travel

    Bangkok favourites: Moomin, Mermaids and Mega Markets

    Bangkok has – what I guess we’d call – a reputation. Mention the city to almost anyone and images of saucy Khao San road and The Hangover 2-esque ‘big nights out’ come to mind. While this experience of the sprawling city is perpetuated by the young and reckless tourists who flock there from all corners of the globe, I was happy to find that there’s actually SO much more to it. During a far-too-short visit with my cousin, Nikola – who’s been living there for just more than a year now – I caught some serious feelings for Bangkok. Getting to see the city from her and bestie, Kelly’s more…

  • Personal,  Photography

    Snaps: Rose-picking at Chart Farm

    For the longest time now, I’ve wanted to visit Chart Farm in Wynberg to wander among the roses and – best of all – pick a selection of my own to take back home. But, on one condition: that my mom could come along, as her love for these fragrant blooms runs deep and connects with a tender nostalgia for the birthdays of her childhood in Piet Retief. Born on the 16th of November, my mom’s celebration of life falls slap-bang in the middle of peak rose season, which also happens to be most spectacular in the highveld areas of our country.

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    Personal,  Photography,  Travel

    Snaps: A morning in J-Bay

    At the beginning of August, my mom and I took a little trip up the coast just to get away for a bit and spend some time together. She had recently wrapped up five intense years of political work as a ward councillor in the Overstrand municipality and I was on the brink of starting a brand new job after a few months of trying to make ends meet as a freelancer (more about all of this another time). In short, we both needed a little breather before stepping into something new.

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    Photography,  Travel

    Snaps: Rod’s Trail, Betty’s Bay

    While the past week or so has been a rather stormy one down here in the Western Cape, I must say, we’ve really been blessed with some particularly pleasant winter weather. And nowhere is a bright winter’s day more beautiful than in Betty’s Bay. Anyone familiar with that side of the world will know that for 80% of the year it’s a high energy zone – all gale force winds and stormy seas. But when it decides to take a breather and… just… rel…ax, it’s seriously the most exquisite place in the world.

  • Lifestyle,  Personal

    Ice Cream sandwiches in Sea Point

    I’d heard about ice cream sandwiches before, but never really paid them much attention. The picture I had in my mind was that ice lolly you buy when you can’t afford the big guns – Magnum and Mega and even Fruttare: a rectangular slab of vanilla ice cream encased in two crispy wafers. Relatively uninspiring, but icy and creamy enough to suffice as a substitute for deliciousness on really hot days. So, when my cousin, Nikola called me up one afternoon to ask whether I wanted to go for an ice cream sandwich at Crumbs & Cream, this new place in Sea Point, I was slightly skeptical.