Adrian De Sa Garces

one of the cool things about Instagram is seeing what other South Africans are up to on their summer holidays – a lot of people go up the coast, or spend their days on the beach, or go on road trips. others travel further afield, visiting family and friends they don’t get to see during the year. a nice way to virtually travel through the country from the comfort of your iPhone.

someone whose holiday pics i really enjoyed following is Adrian De Sa Garces, a commercials director who i met through my husband (i blogged about his fiancé Neira’s bag line MOMO last week). Adrian’s amazing photos of Walvis Bay in Namibia, where he grew up, captured a different perspective of a country that i only really know a bit about from childhood holidays and classic tourist imagery of sand dunes and ghost towns. i asked Adrian if i could share them with you, and he told me a bit about the background to these photographs.

I was born in Walvis Bay, Namibia – My father still lives up there so I visit him as often as i can. Between spending time with him and my younger siblings, I enjoy exploring the town I grew up in and revisiting locations I have memories of. I find the place very interesting in that many of the locations I revisit haven’t really changed much over the last 20 years, so it’s like pointing my camera into the past. A particular aspect of shooting in Walvis Bay that appeals to me, is the wide barren salt roads and their light-toned pavements. Exploring a neighbourhood, I feel able to isolate a point of interest without the clutter of foliage and cars. This visual simplicity seems to mimic the surrounding desert which very much speaks to my sensibility. Henry Wessel’s says “part of the process of photographing is being receptive. To move through the physical world and photograph everything that catches your eye” In a place like Walvisbay and Namibia, it’s difficult not to be receptive – I never stop taking pictures while I’m there, because everything seems to catch my eye.

for those of you wandering about technical stuff: Adrian mostly shoots on a Fuji X-Pro1, but the majority of these photos were taken on iPhone. sometimes he uses Snapseed to balance a photograph, but he mostly uses VSCO for editing. follow Adrian at his VSCO page (where you can see all of his Namibia photos), Instagram and Tumblr.

Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
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10 Responses to Adrian De Sa Garces

  1. Wouter Monday 20 January, 2014 at 11:38 am #

    Absolutely amazing images. I follow him on Instagram too, and I’m always blown away by where he travels to, how he captures what he experiences. These look like they were shot on film? Does anyone know? (I think he uses a Fujifilm x-pro 100 for his digital work.) Just asking for my own learning…

    The colours, the stories and the places, truly glad he shares them with the world.

  2. Fernand et Firmin Monday 20 January, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    Wow, those images are stunning. Definitely makes me want to travel there.
    Does he use and Iphone 4 or 5 ? Cause i’m also in love with Vsco Cam but my images never end up with those kind of perfect shades of colors.

  3. Andi Monday 20 January, 2014 at 5:03 pm #

    Love how these pics turned out and that dog is adorable!

  4. Jessica Monday 20 January, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

    Great eye. One of my absolute favourites on Instagram. And his lady is super talented, too!

  5. Jörg Monday 20 January, 2014 at 10:02 pm #

    He totally outdid himself on this trip. He uses an iPhone 5 for the iPhone pictures …

  6. maggie Tuesday 21 January, 2014 at 3:36 am #

    These photos are absolutely stunning – and it is so cool to know that some of them were shot with an iPhone 5/VSCO app. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Christina Tuesday 21 January, 2014 at 8:12 am #

    Already been said, but these photos are amazing. Makes me want to go there, even though the reality probably won’t be as beautiful as the photos. That’s certainly the mark of a great photographer.

  8. Sally Tuesday 21 January, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

    These photos really are so stunning, and it really feel like they’re looking into the past! His VSCO grid is beautiful!

  9. Adrian Tuesday 21 January, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

    Thanks for the feature Diana! As Jorg kindly pointed out, most pictures were taken on the iPhone 5.

  10. patty Wednesday 22 January, 2014 at 5:40 am #

    These photos are gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing.

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