Photography

Guided

city guides are one of my favourite things to discover online (i even created my own one for Cape Town, and also a guide of sorts to places i like in NYC). i bookmark them all the time, even though i probably have no intention to travel to some of the places – it’s always handy to have in your virtual back pocket. one of the places i always wished i had a great insider’s guide to was Paris, i have been there 4 times but i always feel like DAMN there must be some cool shit that i don’t know about!

fret no more, Cereal Magazine (who i mentioned before over here) has launched an awesome series of online travel guides called Guided that i have been fortunate enough to preview. their first installment covers ten cities, and they are always updated – so if something closes or something new opens, Guided will tell you.

The digital city guides feature bespoke content and photography exploring ten cities, with ten more to follow. Taking in a concise edit of recommended hotels, restaurants, cafes, museums and beautiful, outdoor spaces and landmarks that are all hand selected, by the GUIDED curators. Hosted online, the definitive guides are updated regularly and accessible from both smart phones and tablets with a downloadable version to view use when you are offline.

you can currently preview their guide to London, and if you are also interested in NYC, Paris, Hong Kong, LA, Bath, Bristol, Austin, Charleston & Vancouver then you can subscribe for an annual fee of £20, which gives you full access to all of the travel guides. looking through all the cities has me wanting to visit places i never considered even travelling to (Vancouver looks especially amazing!) here are some of the places i’d like to see some day. just realised that most of them are restaurants because… i like to eat. all images courtesy of Guided.

The Ethicurean in Bristol from Guided

The Ethicurean in Bristol

LA Country Museum of Art by Guided

LA Country Museum of Art

Bestie in Vancouver by Guided

Bestie in Vancouver

Steven Alan Home in NYC by Guided

Steven Alan Home in NYC

Two Boroughs in Charleston by Guided

Two Boroughs in Charleston

Margaret Howell in London by Guided

Margaret Howell in London

Septime in Paris by Guided

Septime in Paris

Spartan in Austin by Guided

Spartan in Austin

Yardbird in Hong Kong by Guided

Yardbird in Hong Kong

The Marlborough Tavern in Bath by Guided

The Marlborough Tavern in Bath

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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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Viviane Sassen

you might already know of Dutch photographer Viviane Sassen from the work she’s done for renowned fashion magazines and fashion houses the likes of Carven & Missoni. her most beautiful visuals, in my opinion, is a series called Flamboya which was shot in Kenya (where she spent part of her childhood) Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia. the name is taken from the red blossomed Flamboyant tree which grows across East and South Africa.

As long as I can remember, I have felt very close to Africa. This is most probably due to the fact that I lived with my family in Kenya when I was a child. Yet, this very experience of closeness has also engendered contradictory feelings. While feeling to be a part of this world, I have also kept on being aware of the fact that I would never really be a part of it. Very soon, I have come to understand that I would always remain a stranger. In this way I try in my work to figure this ambiguity. You feel close but at the same time distant. And that is something that is most of times absent in traditional Western depictions of Africa, always clearly reflecting the interpretation and gaze of Westerners.

Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya
Viviane Sassen // Flamboya

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Missy Prince

i’m doing this thing now where i’m picking random dates in my archives and looking up people i posted about years ago. Missy Prince is a Portland based photographer, originally from Mississippi, who i have followed on flickr since, well, i discovered flickr. i posted about her 3 years ago – and her work still amazes me. in between her more personal work and some beautiful landscape imagery she also captures a world that, in my head, i only know through american road trip movies, or shows like friday night lights. bits and pieces of middle america, vignettes that remind me of the work of Stephen Shore or William Eggleston.

I’m usually drawn to scenes that lean toward the peculiar or askew. My interest in them is like my interest in, say, Tom Waits’ album Small Change or some old blues lyrics. Hard times are doorways to the unknown. People go to weird places through them, and you wonder how they got there. It’s more interesting than joy or contentment.*

*taken from this interview. as you can probably tell Missy works in film, and she develops and prints everything herself. you can see more of her work on her website, tumblr, flickr and buy prints from her shop.

photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince
photograph by Missy Prince

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Fruitland

in September photographer Alison Zavos curated a collection of photographs of fruit for a show called, well, Fruitland. she searched hundreds of photographers’ websites and chose the “freshest, strangest still life photos” to present at Photoville – a pop up exhibition space made up of freight containers at Brooklyn Bridge Park in NYC. you can see more photos here.

Maybe as a response or antidote to the labored and moody Dutch still life-inspired fruit photography that has been proliferating in galleries over the past decade, young photographers are now challenging themselves to take a regular piece of fruit and make it special – adding their own strange twist to something so commonplace that anyone can pick it up at the local grocery store. This fascination with photographing fruit in the studio has spread far and wide. Fruitland includes 31 photographs from 18 international photographers.

above: Daniel Stier

above: Athos Burez

above: Florent Tanet

above: Aron Filkey & Mate Moro

left: Daan Brand | right: Aron Filkey & Mate Moro

above: Catherine Losing

above: Maciek Pozoga

left: Federico Ciamei | right: Nico Krijno

above: Maryanne Casasanta

above: Wyne Veen

above: ECAL/Maxime Guyon

above: Gilda Davidian

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Tamara Lichtenstein

Tamara Lichtenstein is one of those talented people on flickr whose dreamy photographs get fav’d a thousand times over. i have followed her for a long time and always like seeing a new image pop up in my feed. quick facts: she’s 23, from Houston Texas, and she also does commercial work. you can see more of her work at her website & flickr, and also buy her prints at etsy.













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NYC

since i have shared a bit about the wedding i thought it would be nice to show some pics from our honeymoon. whenever people asked where we were going post-wedding, and we replied NYC, they were either really excited for us or genuinely confused about our choice of destination. i guess people associate honeymoon with tropical beaches or romantic cities like Paris – but we have always, always wanted to visit NYC (ever since we first got together) and we are far more into new visiting places that allow us to explore, see museums, eat great food, shop and just experience something other than what we have at home. we have beaches at home… and fantastic ones at that.

our trip unfolded like something out of a storybook. everything we did was awesome. staying in Williamsburg and taking the subway into Manhattan every day like some kind of a real New Yorker (and being totally blasé about it – just gonna take the subway), doing a cheesy but required and ultimately enjoyable boat ride in Central Park, seeing the Book of Mormon on Broadway (highly recommended!), running into someone i know from the internet at a random subway station on our first day, experiencing Sleep No More (what a trip), eating more pizza than i could handle (i can handle more pizza than you might think), indulging in very expensive lobster rolls as a treat, seeing more art than my eyeballs could deal with, falling in love with the Natural History Museum, spotting some celebrities (ok don’t look now but Hilary Swank is eating a burger right behind you), going to the top of the Empire State building at night, eating a feast at Brooklyn Crab, spotting a Banksy, seeing ARCADE FIRE at a secret show in Brooklyn after discovering a cryptic poster in Red Hook – that actually happened! for reals! it was just absolutely unbelievable and amazing. by the end of it we were walking fit and our bank accounts were drained.

i want to thank everyone who commented on this post (and emailed) with recommendations of places to visit in NYC. we tried to do everything on the list but it was just impossible, even with 2 weeks there. if anyone is planning a visit soon be sure to check those out. you can also visit my pinterest board for more.

i took all of these photos on my iPhone.  had the best intentions to take actual nice photos with my camera, but after taking perhaps 5 shots i decided i didn’t want to view our holiday through a lens. and, because i know it will be asked, they were edited with either VSCO or Afterlight, depending on whether i was on my phone or iPad – VSCO doesn’t work so great on my iPhone anymore after the iOS7 update (of course!) so i often just used Afterlight, which is simpler but also great.

if you want to know where any of these were taken, just ask in the comments!

Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC
Miss Moss // NYC

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