Perspective Pt.2

As promised, here is part 2 of a two or three part retrospective of the year 2017 of our Lord God. You can check out part one here.

Where did we leave things? Ah yes, the short film Siklus. Up next was my shoot with Coca-Cola.

This was a really great shoot with some very talented individuals, from MUA's to stylists, to the agency and assistant. This is a shoutout to everyone who helped pull this together.

Agency: Cerebra
Hair & MUA: Jules Ruby
Wardrobe/Stylist: Sheena Bagshawe
Casting: Anna-Belle Durrant
Assistant: Ett Venter

Next up was this shoot with my friend Adriaan Esterhuizen, whom by the way is a damn great cinematographer and you should take a moment to go and view his work here. Go do that first and then come back here and read further.

We photographed these images in my apartment with some very sad music playing and a lot of silence and observation. It was tough at times. Toward the end of the shoot, looking through my viewfinder and telling him to look straight into my camera felt heavy. I don't know how else to describe it, but that was the feeling in the room. It was good though. Afterwards when we were done we had some tea I think and spoke about things that didn't weigh so much on our psyche.

Thanks again for this day dude. Stoked to see you soon.


Damn! May was jam packed with a few cool shoots. Next up was my sitting with Charles Niehaus.

This was a pretty cool one I thought and I still really like these images. I met Charles a little over a year ago at Trent Gallery a.k.a. Cameo Framers in Waterkloof, where I have most of my artworks framed. At that time he had broken his collarbone and I was planning on making a portrait of Stuart who owns and runs the place and he suggested that I photograph Charles which finally happened basically a year later.

I then photographed my friends at UNKOWN Design Johannesburg, which was also a very long time coming. Kelda (middle) has since left and started her own thing -named Closer- which is both sad, but also really exciting and I am so stoked or her.

Probably one of my favourite sittings/subjects this year was the elusive artist Hougaard Winterbach. Check out some of his work here. I photographed him in his house on a Sunday morning. He looks quite intimidating, however he is one of the kindest people I know.

Another small agency Henn+Honeyball run by my friends Christian and Ryan. I've known Christian for a couple years now and he always sends work my way when their clients need something done and I am eternally grateful for that. I played around with harder light for these images and I was really pleased with the end results.

They ended up using the latter two images for their website and online media profiles.

I think that will have to be it for part two. I definitely photographed a couple of cool gigs. Next up I will write a little about my trip to Italy and Switzerland that happened in the middle part of 2017 and how that all came about and then onwards to part 3.

Thanks for reading.

Perspective Pt.1

perspective

pəˈspɛktɪv/

noun

  1. 1.

    the art of representing three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other.

    "the theory and practice of perspective"

  2. 2.

    a particular attitude towards or way of regarding something; a point of view.

    "most guidebook history is written from the editor's perspective"

    synonyms: outlook, view, viewpoint, point of view, standpoint, position, stand, stance, angle, slant, attitude, frame of mind, frame of reference, approach, way of looking/thinking, vantage point, interpretation

    "her perspective on everything had been changing"

As the year draws to an end I realize that I need to take a step outside of myself and look at what I've done this year in an effort to not be so f**king hard on myself. That being said; it's difficult, because I like to look at what I didn't do and belittle myself.

It's the all too familiar space we all find ourselves in. That place of self-loathing and feeling like we're failures. However if I take a few minutes and go and look at each month that has passed this year, I see that I've worked with some great people and done some cool work that I should be proud of; probably.

This will be a two or three part entry, just because there is too much work I need to show and talk about and that I never got to earlier in the year, so let's do January through April as a start and see how it goes.
I urge you to go and do the same. Take a moment and look through the work you did this year and try to find the good in it.

By the look of things I got to January and February a little over here and hereJust a quick recap though. I started off January by getting in touch with people whom I've wanted to photograph for a while, some friends, some strangers. I had the great privilege of photographing artist Margaret Nel whose retrospective is still on show at the Pretoria Art Museum and I highly recommend you go and see it.

My friend Angelica Warchal in her apartment. This was a good day. We pretty much spent the entirety of it making photos and experimenting and then went for dinner afterwards.

I can also, FINALLY reveal this project that I (as well as many others) worked on with one of South Africa's most well known performers, Nataniël. It was for his latest book, called, "Closet: The Remarkable Wardrobe of Nataniël". For a quick read on it, go here.

29 March was world piano day, because it is the 88th day of the year (due to the 88 keys of a standard piano) started by pianist Nils Frahm and to celebrate it there were 10 performances on top of Table Mountain and my friend and oft collaborator Steinway artist Charl du Plessis was the first pianist in the world to perform on top of the mountain and I was fortunate enough to be the photographer there to capture this momentous day.

And in April I photographed some promo images for the Louis Minnaar short film, Siklus, however I still cannot share them until the film is released, so you will just have to wait.

That's it for part one. Check back later this week to see what other misadventures I got up to this year.

As always, thanks for reading.