Sightings of the Sacred

Daniel Naudé: Sightings of the Sacred

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.

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Custos Naturae

Miss Moss Kruger Park photographs

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.

some photos were taken with my iPhone 4S (see them on instagram) but most were shot with a Nikon d7000 that i borrowed from my generous mom, using a 70-300mm lens. edited with VSCO.

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Sharon Radisch

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a series called mornings by photographer Sharon Radisch

Sharon Radisch is a NYC-based photographer. She channels her love of fashion, interior design, food and fresh flowers through her still life and interiors photography, in which she specializes. Although she is currently based in New York City, she has lived in Paris and has traveled throughout Europe, South America, India, Japan and Hong Kong. Her daily Instagrams reveal her borderline caffeine addiction and her love of a great cup of coffee. In her past-life, she obtained a Master’s degree in Biology and worked in the medical research field.

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Aerial Botswana

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whenever you read this, we will either be on a plane or in a rental car or dodging potholes or already in THE BUSH. yes! we are going to the Kruger Park for our (hopefully) annual trip. you can read my post & see all the photos from last year here. i will only be gone a week, but i have lots of posts scheduled for while i’m away – so please do keep checking in.

i have been waiting for a moment to share these exquisite aerial photos of the wildlife & landscapes in Botswana by Brooklyn based photographer Zack Seckler. i have looked at them time and time again, and actually have them rotating on my desktop as wallpaper right now. i love them SO much. not just because i absolutely love Africa – and feel so lucky to live here – but because they are obviously damn beautiful. i have never been to Botswana, even though it neighbours us. it is a trip i hope to make soon.

Within the first few minutes of being up there, I was just completely blown away. Being in that airspace, you’re really seeing the world from a perspective that only birds see. Obviously no human on the ground can see that, and the big jumbo jets up above don’t fly that low. So it’s kind of this hidden airspace to the human eye, and it just immediately struck me as a really powerful visual.

excerpt from this interview at Wired. all photos c/o Zack Seckler.
i suggest you go see all of them on his website, as they look better BIG.

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A South African Family Album

Alexia Webster // A South African Family Album

Alexia Webster, born in Johannesburg, travels throughout the continent documenting both personal and commissioned stories as a freelance photographer. she has an extensive and beautiful portfolio – be sure to look at this emotional farewell to Mandela and this amazing series of Ghanaian modernist architecture. but it’s her Street Portraits series that i’d like to share with you today, showing a slice of South African life that made me smile.

Tired of a world were photos are so often taken but so rarely given we created free outdoor photo studios on street corners around the country.  The images in this series are from five street studios that were set up in Hillbrow in Johannesburg, Woodstock, Blikkiesdorp, Du Noon and Cape Town city center. We invited passing families, individuals and groups of friends to pose at this temporary studio, and they received a free photograph on site to take home with them for their family album.

all images c/o Alexia Webster

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Fort Standard

Fort Standard photographed by Brian W. Ferry

if you have read this blog for any length of time you will be familiar with Fort Standard, who are known for their awesome bottle openers, and with photographer Brian W. Ferry – both who i have featured a number of times. so Brian shot the new line of home products by the talented duo (they are friends in real, actual life), a wonderful collaboration if i ever did see one. you can see Fort Standard’s new products here – i particularly LOVE those marble platters.

Fort Standard is a contemporary Industrial Design studio founded by Gregory Buntain and Ian Collings. Their collaborative work is an ever-evolving dialog between their unique perspectives and their shared approach to progressive design thinking. Working primarily in long lasting natural materials, their approach to design is often geared towards using traditional production methods in innovative ways. Having developed a distinct form language rooted in simplicity and functionality, their attention to detail, connections and materiality generate value through design in what Buntain and Collings describe as a “warm-contemporary” aesthetic.

photography by Brian W. Ferry.  art direction: Monica Nelson. products: Fort Standard.

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Carlota Guerrero

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i discovered the work of Carlota Guerrero when i featured those awesome backpacks by Ölend a few weeks back (she photographed their beautiful lookbook). Carlota is a 24 year old photographer from Barcelona who has been taking photos since she was a teenager. one of her best friends gave her a Praktica reflex camera from 1989 before she briefly moved to Paris a few years ago, and she has been shooting on film ever since.  see more at her portfolio & diary.

all images c/o Carlotta Guerreo

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Adrian De Sa Garces

Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia

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.

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Viviane Sassen

Viviane Sassen // Flamboya

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.

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Fruitland

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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

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Blackie

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Blackie was the cat of photographer Gjon Mili, who was best known for his work for Life magazine. you can see a beautiful series he did with Picasso that i previously blogged about here. i was digging more into his work when i noticed that Blackie appears in a lot of his shoots – it seems that his feline friend accompanied him to the studio (and really enjoyed it).

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Nico Krijno

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i don’t know why it has taken my quite so long to dedicate a post to brilliant Cape Town based photographer Nico Krijno, i suppose it’s because his work is so well known here. but if you have not seen his imagery before let me introduce you. more at his website and at his tumblr. the girl in the pics is his lady, Mignonne.

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