sadly the only time i ever buy a magazine these days is when i am about to get on a flight and i know i’m going to be without wi-fi for the next few hours (also, i recently dropped & broke my trusty kindle so now that option has flown out of the proverbial window seat). i’ll get 2 or 3 lady mags from the usual selection at the airport book store, and then flip through them – slowly – so as to pass the time. but inevitably i find myself sitting there with nothing to do because, well, they’re just not my thing. there has been a quiet resurgence of intelligent print magazines in the last few years, most started by sets of like-minded people who are unsatisfied with what’s currently out there, and many are self-funded in today’s print-is-dead-all-hail-the-internet climate. this is exactly what Roxanne Fequiere (editor-in-chief) and Allison o’Shea (creative director) set out to do with Golly. and, together with an amazing team, they’ve succeeded.
a funny thing happened the other day. we wanted to get out of town for a last minute weekend getaway and i googled a few places – including Die Laaitjie in Robertson, and my own post from 2010 popped up. haha! luckily for us the main house was available, so finally 4 years after the fact i actually got to try out the place.
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.
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.
wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas is probably my favourite person to follow on Instagram at the moment. i am obviously biased towards his imagery from Africa – the Ethiopian wolves are probably my favourite! though the giant mole rat comes a close second. you can see some amazing close-up shots of animals he’s taken with his BeetleCam (his own invention).
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.
dipping into my Flickr favourites i had a nice walk down memory lane looking at the photos of Elias Carlson. it was like visiting old friends, because i featured Elias & his wife Theresa way back in 2011 with a things i like right now (remember those!) they have since moved to LA, where Elias is freelancing as a photographer / videographer / designer.
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.
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.
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.