i was lucky to discover Elize Strydom just as she was about to embark on the South African chapter of her ongoing photography project Small Town Girl – thanks to Jessica for tagging me in her first post. Elize is Australian, but has roots in SA (as you can probably tell by her name 😉) so i was really interested to see the stories that would unfold.
Heather Evans Smith is a photographer whose conceptual series Seen Not Heard explores her multi-faceted relationship with her young daughter. the first image i featured above is just SO amazing! i think it’s so interesting to explore & interpret various stages of your life through such a creative medium. this is going to be pretty amazing for her daughter to look back on one day.
there must be something so satisfying about cropping a photo into a symmetrical candy coloured composition. whatever the process of Matthieu Venot is, his compositions are clearly beautifully considered. Matthieu is a self-taught photographer from France who already has a huge following on Instagram.
when looking through the photography of William James Broadhurst all i could think was the light! THE LIGHT! they really are extraordinarily beautiful photos, even though the subject matter is seemingly pretty mundane (actually my favourite kind of photography, and the mark of a great photographer). William is Australian, and very talented at only 23 years old. looking forward to seeing more from this guy. you can follow him on Flickr, Instagram & Tumblr.
Jeff & Kerryn are a South African couple who love travelling, and document said travels on their blog Pass The Map. this adventurous duo has various instagram accounts: @passthemap, @andythelandy (all about their Land Rover Defender, Andy), Jeff’s account @j__ballesteros and Kerryn’s account @kerring_lee.
i have featured images by photographer Gordon Parks many times on the blog, but have never done a post dedicated solely to his work. which is weird, considering he’s such a legend. he was the first African-American writer and staff photographer at Life, the first African-American photographer published in Vogue, and the first African-American to direct a major Hollywood film. in 1956, during his time at LIFE, he went to Alabama to shoot what would become one of the most important and influential photo essays of his career: Segregation Story.
this is the second instalment of VISITS, a new series in collaboration with Monya Eastman.
before visiting the Hoi P’loy studio i had no real idea what goes on behind the scenes of this inspiring company. i had, of course, seen their beautiful Vintage Edison lightbulbs all over Cape Town, and they hang in the window of the shop right next door to my office – so i always stop and admire them on my way to work, not realising how much work goes into them.
these kind of banners have become ubiquitous online, popping up on every party related Pinterest board (we even had one at our own wedding…) but what if you turn the concept around, and make the message something not so positive? that’s what 20 year old Georgie based photographer & digital artist Peyton Fulford did with her Abandoned Love project.
I’m excited to introduce a new series called Visits to the blog, a collaboration between myself and furniture creator extraordinaire Monya Eastman of Stokperd. you’ll remember Monya from all the fabulous things she has made me since we met a few years ago – including Peggy, Megan (yes, they are named after Mad Men characters) and my rad office desk.