Photography

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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Double Tap: Justina Blakeney

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.

follow Justina Blakeney on Instagram. see more Double Tap.

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Double Tap: Dear Golden

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?

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Andrew Jacona

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.

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Atomic Occasions

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.

Atomic Occasions by Jessica Tremp
Atomic Occasions by Jessica Tremp
Atomic Occasions by Jessica Tremp
Atomic Occasions by Jessica Tremp
Atomic Occasions by Jessica Tremp
Atomic Occasions by Jessica Tremp

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Fawn DeViney

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.

she herself has a great tumblr, too. all images by Fawn DeViney.

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!

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