Photography

Birthday Suits

Lucy Hilmer is a photographer, filmmaker and poet who has filmed and photographed, at regular intervals, the ever changing lives of herself, her family and friends and documented them in multiple long-term series. Birthday Suits, where she photographs herself every year on her birthday wearing nothing but her white Lollipop underpants, shoes, and socks, made me tear up a little. it is just extraordinary.

Lucy Hilmer photographs herself every year on her birthday. She’s been doing this for 40 years, since her 29th birthday. In 2015 she will be 70. Soon a book, Birthday & Other Suits and a companion piece film will reveal how a woman who came of age before women’s lib used her camera to peel off society’s “pretty girl” label and define herself from the inside out.

this post features nudity (naturally!) so the rest is after the jump in case that is necessary for you. they are in chronological order.

© Lucy Hilmer photographs herself every year on her birthday since 1974  wearing nothing but her white Lollipop underpants, shoes, and socks.

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Walks

i have been walking a lot in the mountains that surround my parents’ home in the past while. my family all live in stellenbosch and between them they have 4 dogs who need a lot of walking. two are hunting breeds, and so they need double the amount of exercise. since i don’t have dogs of my own and i don’t really get the chance to walk in the mountains in Cape Town… this is what i love doing when i visit.

these pics were all taken with my iPhone unless noted. the ones of the dogs running towards me involves a dangerous game of bending down with the camera at the ready, whistling for them, and then taking the shot before they pummel me over with doggy joy.

Miss Moss // Walks
Miss Moss // Walks
Miss Moss // Walks
Miss Moss // Walks
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above two photos taken by my brother

Miss Moss // Walks
Miss Moss // Walks
Miss Moss // Walks
Miss Moss // Walks
Miss Moss // Walks
Miss Moss // Walks

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Mini Break

yesterday i raced to get all my work done and left Cape Town in the afternoon, grinning from ear to ear. i was on my way to Pringle Bay, a seaside town about an hour from the city where my friends and i have been spending holidays together since we were little kids.

mini breaks are the best. back to work tomorrow.

Mini Break // Miss Moss
Mini Break // Miss Moss
Mini Break // Miss Moss
Mini Break // Miss Moss
Mini Break // Miss Moss
Mini Break // Miss Moss
Mini Break // Miss Moss
Mini Break // Miss Moss
Mini Break // Miss Moss
Mini Break // Miss Moss
Mini Break // Miss Moss
Mini Break // Miss Moss
Mini Break // Miss Moss

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Double Tap: World of Juju

when a professional photographer gets on Instagram, you know you’re in for a good time. today’s Double Tap features Juanel de la Forêt, a photographer from Cape Town currently working in Paris / London with her partner Jesse-Leigh Elford – you can see their portfolio here. she takes wonderful snaps in her day to day life between travelling and shoots. she also has killer manicures. check out their tumblr for easy online viewing or follow WorldofJuju on Instagram.

Double Tap: World of Juju
Double Tap: World of Juju
Double Tap: World of Juju
Double Tap: World of Juju
Double Tap: World of Juju
Double Tap: World of Juju
Double Tap: World of Juju
Double Tap: World of Juju
Double Tap: World of Juju
Double Tap: World of Juju
Double Tap: World of Juju
Double Tap: World of Juju
Double Tap: World of Juju
Double Tap: World of Juju
Double Tap: World of Juju

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Erna and Hrefna

Erna and Hrefna are identical twins from Iceland who have been photographed every year by Japanese photographer Ariko Inaoka, beginning when they were nine years old in 2009. Ariko intends to visit them every year until they are sixteen years old.

My intention for this project is to capture the very precious period of their growth from child to teenager, physically as well as psychologically. The relationship between identical twins is interesting subject matter. I often hear that identical twins have telepathic connections between them. This is true with Erna and Hrefna. They are always together. They almost never fight each other. Spending time with them I feel such comfort in their companionship but at the same time I feel strange because I have never seen such a powerful connection between any two human beings. They say to me, “We dream same dreams sometimes.”

Erna and Hrefna
Erna and Hrefna
Erna and Hrefna
Erna and Hrefna
Erna and Hrefna
Erna and Hrefna
Erna and Hrefna
Erna and Hrefna
Erna and Hrefna
Erna and Hrefna
Erna and Hrefna
Erna and Hrefna
Erna and Hrefna
Erna and Hrefna

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Joel Tettamanti: Lesotho

we are going on a last-minute trip on Friday, driving from Durban to Cape Town over 3 days. our route will take us up into the Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands, along the southern border of Lesotho, through the Eastern Cape, down to the Karoo and back home. more on the later! but considering we will be travelling through the mountain range that south africa shares with Lesotho, i thought this would be a great post to share.

for those of you who don’t know – Lesotho is a landlocked country within South Africa, home to the Basotho people. it is an absolutely breathtaking place with amazing highlands that form part of the Maloti mountain range, one of the few areas in southern africa that has regular snow in winter. so it can get pretty damn cold, which meant that the local people have traditionally used furs and skins to stay warm for hundreds of years.

in 1860 King Moshoeshoe I was gifted a thick European blanket, and he was so taken with it that it has since become a part of every day life in Lesotho – as well as a status symbol. blankets are given to people in important stages of their life: e.g. birth, marriage and initiation.

The trademark four ‘pin-stripes’ synonymous with the Basotho blanket, and typically worn with the strips running on the vertical, apparently originate in an early manufacturing flaw that over time has become de rigueur. Once wrapped around the body, the blanket is secured at the wearer’s shoulders and affords comfort in extreme temperatures, as well as protection from the elements and open fires. From birth to death, the blanket plays a central role in South Sotho culture.Shnu

photographer Joel Tettamanti, who is from Switzerland but spent part of his childhood in Lesotho, took these photos of the country & its people in 2013.  you can actually buy these blankets online here, royalties go to the Lesotho Kingdom and its people.

Joel Tettamanti: Lesotho
Joel Tettamanti: Lesotho
Joel Tettamanti: Lesotho
Joel Tettamanti: Lesotho
Joel Tettamanti: Lesotho
Joel Tettamanti: Lesotho
Joel Tettamanti: Lesotho
Joel Tettamanti: Lesotho
Joel Tettamanti: Lesotho
Joel Tettamanti: Lesotho
Joel Tettamanti: Lesotho
Joel Tettamanti: Lesotho
Joel Tettamanti: Lesotho
Joel Tettamanti: Lesotho

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