africa

Girl In The Wild

my friend Amy recently moved away to work at a game lodge in the bush, and though i will seriously miss her while she’s gone (i hate it when friends move away, why can’t we all just stay in the same city, huh?) i know she’s going to love it, because Amz is a bush girl. it’s also not many people who get to live in the African bush – that is a rare treasure, and something you should do once in your life if you can.

before she left she said she’s not going to change her style there, but rather maintain a Lauren Hutton Out of Africa-esque vibe. right on. so when i saw the fall campaign for Maiyet featuring Daria Werbowy somewhere out in the African wild i immediately though of Amz, and thought i’d do an ode to her in the form of a fashion meets painting post. hopefully she can print them out and stick them in one of her books.

before you ask, i did not paint these by hand. that would be ridiculous! thanks photoshop.

original photos: Maiyet Fall campaign featuring Daria Werbowy shot by Cass Bird on location in Chyulu Hills, Kenya. 

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looking up

my brother sent this to me – he explores google earth as much as i explore google street maps. it’s the most amazing scene of people in a market in tanzania looking up at whatever it was that took this aerial photograph (airplane? helicopter?) … the shot is so detailed and colourful and so very african. i love it. here is the google earth placemark if you want to have a look yourself (if you don’t have google earth on your computer – get it!)

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kapama karula

don’t ask me why but i have been looking at a ton of safari lodges lately (no i’m not planning a trip, if only) and amongst all the usual colonial african, hunting lodge, dark leather couches, elephant heads on the walls and springbok hides on the floor kind of places i discovered kapama karula. aaaah, a serene non-kitsch sanctuary in the middle of the african bush. sign me up, please. pass me a gin while i look at some lions and enjoy the vervet monkeys… that would be great.

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africanis

In Daniel Naudé’s first solo show, he presents a world that appears to be a fairy tale, or a fictional place: We see a donkey with the grace of a race horse. Next to an impossibly beautiful rainbow, a white mule almost turns into a unicorn. The hills and veld that Naudé invites us to traverse are filled with wonderful creatures, each more proud, perfect, and present than the next.

really wish i could go to Daniel’s first solo show African Scenery & Animals at Brodie/Stevenson, showing from 26 Jan-13 Feb. if you’re in Joburg, be sure to go have a looksee.

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you can call me al

this gives me such goosebumps, it’s ridiculous! also makes me want to jump up & dance like a crazy. the concert was  in 1987  & held in harare – you can buy the dvd at amazon (or take2 for the locals). the graceland clip is equally rad.

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