i first discovered stylist & designer Justina Blakeney last year when she did this creative living room makeover (those colourful shelves have since become a signature of hers). i have been enjoying following her ever since, especially on Instagram which i find to be a good litmus test for how creative a person – is not only in their work life, but in their daily life too. Justina started experimenting with foliage portraits and her #facethefoliage series has since kinda exploded. they started off simply enough, but have progressed into elaborate portraits of real and imaginary characters and now regularly appear in her feed.
i thought i’d start featuring some of my favourite people on Instagram in a new feature called Double Tap – in case you are, like me, always looking for someone new to follow.
if there’s one person’s photos i am always double tapping, it’s Lauren of vintage shop Dear Golden. this woman is a magician of style. i love seeing her vintage discoveries – the wedding dresses she finds are out of this world. i’m always keeping an eagle eye on her feed in case something pops up in my size (i’ve bought a number of items from her this way!)
she was also one of my very first sponsors, so i have a very soft spot for Dear Golden. a worthy person to kick off Double Tap, don’t you think?
Andrew Jacona spent a month in India in 2012, just exploring and pursuing his passion: photography. he took these photos with a Contax 645 camera using Kodak Portra 400 film. they are SO BEAUTIFUL that they actually make me psychically ache to visit India. Andrew lives in Sydney with his wife Paveena and their two kids. you can see more beautiful photos of Andrew’s family, and his travels, at his Flickr and portfolio website.
From a young age I remember setting up a little “street gallery” with my brother where I would draw pictures of mountains and places and we would sell them to people passing by for 10 or 20 cents. Now days my love is for travelling, photographing and meeting people. Photography is the means by which to do this and is not an end in itself. It’s the experiences that it opens up to you that’s of value and those come naturally out of the energy you put into it, this is easy when you love doing what you do.
here’s a whole lot of beauty to start off your day. this is a series called Atomic Occasions by photographer Jessica Tremp. she has a number of dark & magical series available to view at her portfolio. her travel photography is also bananas.
When I was little I used to dream about being a dancer or that I could fly and that I would learn to speak the language of the animals in the forest or that of the most dramatic actor. With the click of a finger I’ve found a way to make these things come true.
you know those beautifully curated tumblrs that have thousands of photographs but you just never ever know where they are from, who took them or… well, any context at all? i discovered the work of photographer Fawn DeViney this way, after seeing one of her pictures and going down a rabbit hole of google image searching to find the real source (i swear tumblr is the bane of my internet existence sometimes!) and luckily I FOUND HER. and then went down another proverbial rabbit hole looking at her lovely photographs.
Fawn DeViney splits her time in Boston & Phoenix. She is equally inspired by the neutral pallete of the Atlantic ocean & the striking sunsets of the Southwest. If she wasn’t a photographer she would be a baker or florist… living in Paris.
edit: it seems i myself have a rabbit hole for a brain, because i actually featured Fawn’s work last year when i blogged about the VSCO grid. but, i haven’t seen all these beautiful pictures before – so definitely deserving of her own post!
i have been following Capetonian photographer Kent Andreasen in one form or another for a while, either seeing his work popping up locally here and there or via his tumblr which is just fantastic. he has just spruced up his portfolio site and it’s such a dream to look through. his commissioned work is impressive (especially this one ft Spoek Mathambo) – but i love his personal projects. Silicone Summer, which frequently cropped up on his tumblr, is a personal favourite. such distinctly South African scenes from a unique perspective.
I have been shooting for about 3 years and work with a variety of subject matter. Every day scenarios are the most exciting for me because they are so present in all our lives on a daily basis that they are often overlooked. I feel this idea inspires me the most to get out there and shoot. The idea of being diverse in your shooting capability, I think draws me the most to the photographers I admire. They are willing to step out of a comfort zone and explore unfamiliar territory.
Daniel Naudé is a photographer from my hometown of Stellenbosch, South Africa who is well-known for his amazing photographs of South African animals, which were showcased in his debut exhibition Animal Farm (and book - which i suggest you buy stat). for the past two years Daniel has been working on his next exhibition Sightings of the Sacred, travelling to Uganda, Madagascar and India to photograph cattle in societies where they are considered sacred.
For the past two years Naudé has focused on photographing cattle in societies where these animals are revered and venerated. This is a position far removed from the Western world where they are mostly seen as productive sources of milk, meat and skins. Naudé first photographed the Ankole cattle in Uganda, renowned for their majestic horns which ideally curve out and then inward, forming a shape like a lyre. In his portraits of cattle, Naudé brings into our time the long tradition of depicting the natural world with its rich references to classification and comparison.
i have known Daniel since school days, so it’s even more awesome to see his wonderful work celebrated both here and internationally (his work was recently shown at Paris Photo in LA, follow him on Instagram here). you can catch the exhibition at the Stevenson gallery in Cape Town till the end of May or see the entire exhibition online here.
Custos Naturae is the slogan of the Kruger National Park, it means Guardian of Nature. i have been very familiar with it since i was a kid, as we were lucky enough to visit the park in my childhood days. we’ve just returned from our recent trip, and i took too many photos as per usual. i decided not to spend hours editing every single last one – so here are a selection of my favourites, highlighting some of the best things we saw.
every trip is different, last year we saw hyena (and were lucky enough to see a leopard!) this time round we saw neither, but we did see a LOT of rhino – 16 to be exact – up close and personal, which was such a privilege considering the dire rhino poaching situation in the park and across Africa. we also spent a fair bit of one morning in the company of some beautiful male lions, who were so close to our car it made me nervous. when a lion looks straight into your eyes… you can actually feel yourself moving a few notches down the food chain.