I am enjoying working with trees in a new project called Fresh. Its really just high key photography (overexposing by one or two stops) that draws attention to the shapes of trees and brings out the fresh green colours of foliage. It does mean saying goodbye to the highlights but they are not necessary to the image. I have always loved the idea of enjoying my work in modern spaces and think that the simplicity of these pictures would be easy to live with in my home. It\s also fun taking these pictures as they do not rely on soft light but can be captured at all times of the day.
I was fortunate to be in Malawi for the opening of its exciting new boutique hotel called Latitude 13 is the latest inspiration from James and Suzy Lightfoot and breathes new modern life into the Lilongwe landscape in Malawi. Much of the work has been crafted by hand in Malawi from tumbled glass, old bike parts and other things that have been discarded. Other creations from this talented team include Latitude 15 in Lusaka and Kaya Mawa in Malawi.
Cape Town is not the small town where I was born. Its increasing popularity with tourists means is now a much larger place than most people expect. I live away from the shopping and the city on the shores of the last functioning estuary in the city. It’s called Zandvlei — a nature reserve where flamingos, pelicans, coots, fish eagles, grebes, kingfishers and other birds are still plentiful. Tens of species of fishes are washed in by the incoming tides where they spawn safely and in large numbers. Otters, seals, garrick and other predators make this area their home. A short paddle from our house reveals views of Table Mountain and the washing waves of the Indian Ocean. We live close to Muizenberg which is reinstating itself as the premier fun beach in Cape Town with great surfing and wonderful restaurants. It is a place of character with colourful beach houses and a walkway that follows the coastline to the charming fishing village of Kalk Bay. In between travels, and especially in winter, this little corner of coastline offers amazing photographic and artistic opportunities.
I have been commissioned by Flanders Government to report on some of their projects in Southern Africa. It’s been a privilege to do this work and combine my writing and photographic skills in support of a very worthwhile project. The project has taken me to various projects in South Africa, Mozambique and Malawi.
In Mozambique, where 11,5 percent of the population is HIV positive and 40% of the country is under 15 years of age, Flander supports Pathfinder International in engaging youth organisations and promoting sexual and reproductive rights.
“Their long-term capacity building project is with Arapacho – a woman’s agricultural organization that developed in the Xai-Xai area following the devastating floods of 2000 – is going beyond agriculture and poverty alleviation and covering gender issues, human resources, sustainability, finance, governance and management practices says Carla Silveira. “In essence we are teaching people to read, write and count.”
Arapacho has 109 volunteers, 9 are men, andis becoming much more broad based providing a wide range of subjects and learning opportunities In a place where women s rights are frequently violated, and the average income is just 50c per day, the women of Arapacho such as coordinators Dorka Langa and Ivite Grivete are providing inspiration, skills and learning for their communities.
Two fantastic trips to the Mara — and a bit of a recce in between — finding out some of the amazing lodges in this space during the migration.
Struck by the beauty and solitude of the Mara Triangle and also the outstanding game viewing of the Olare Motorog which never fails to impress.
Just too many people at the crossings… and so glad when these can be ticked off early.