Road Trip

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Miss Moss // Road Trip

last week my husband and i decided to go on a spontaneous road trip from Durban to Cape Town. he had just bought a new car from a dealer up country, so we put it through a 1800km journey on some serious gravel roads and epic mountain passes to see what it could do.

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.

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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VSCO Grid

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if you’re a regular iPhone snapper / Instagrammer (or, indeed, a professional photographer) you’ll be familiar with VSCO. their original VSCO Cam iPhone app is a favourite of many, with a handful of beautiful film presets and easy editing tools that turn your every day photos into something pretty magical. they just released their updated app (so you can’t get the old one anymore) – and it’s now free, but features in-app purchases for several film bundles. faded & moody; bright + clean; analog classic… take your pick. i haven’t played with it too much, but it is a sweet little app and i know it will help make my pretty average photos on instagram look just that little bit better.

the most exciting thing about the update for me is their release of VSCO Grid – a free minimalist publishing platform for people to showcase their mobile photography. they emphasise that it’s not a social media platform – i.e. not a competitor for Instagram – but rather, “focused on craft, curation and content, and less on followers and likes.” at the moment it’s in the beta / testing / let’s hope we don’t break the servers / only for awesome people phase, but hopefully it will roll out to the rest of us soon.

edit: just got mine! check it out here: missmoss.vsco.co

here are some cool people whose grids you can check out so far.

s. Fawn DeViney:

Kevin Russ (also know as a bit of an Instagram demi-god):

Nirav Patel:

Dear Leila:

Tim Lampe:

and some more to follow: Ana Barros; Mark Weaver; Jerad Knudson; Joanne (aka The Mrs); Carter Moore; Greg Lutze. discover and read more about VSCO Grid here.