Friday, July 29, 2011

Dutyini, Mount Ayliff

I have been following Khaya Dlanga (@khayadlanga) on Twitter for some time now. I really enjoy his humour and his writing. I had read a few tweets with interest when he had left Johannesburg to visit Dutyini, Mount Ayliff in the Eastern Cape where he had lived as a child.

When a call came from the Mail and Guardian to photograph the town to illustrate a story he had written of this trip I jumped at the opportunity. For one thing I love a good road trip. And another, I love a good road trip with the opportunity to illustrate a fascinating story. So after a days delay due to snow (don't have that problem too often in South Africa) I set about finding Dutyini. And the rest is in the story.

The slideshow narrated by Khaya is here and the full story here

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Pink Church, White Snow

A day trip to Kokstad and on to Mount Ayliff was spectacular. I have never had the opportunity to photograph the snow like this before, felt a bit like a bull in a candy store. A bull with wet pants, slippery stuff that snow!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Rocks and Reflections

The south coast has always held a special place in my life. My grandparents had the coolest beach house where we spent many amazing holidays. I caught my first salt water fish, we snorkeled and we hit the waves on our body boards.

This is a bit further down the road in Port Edward, and I sense a new love affair with this part of the coast coming.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Sunset Football

I nearly missed the light, glad I didn't.

The Boys and Their Dogs

Somewhere in the depths of the Wild Coast on assignment for the Mail and Guardian we met with the largest extended family I know of. A beautiful bunch on the most amazing of settings. Looking at the mud huts and chicks and cows I am seriously considering trading in all my gadgets for a simpler life.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Strike Season

Strike season again. This was the first walk into town of the year, I wonder how many more of these we will do? I must say that although the march to the steps of the Durban city hall was a slow one, the striking workers were very disciplined.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Afro Mex Fashion

As a photographer not to be named said to me on the Saturday of the Durban July horse races, 'This is the worst day of my year!' I think he said the same to me last year. And I agreed with him.

A strange thing happened next. I started to watch the people. Some wore ridiculous outfits, most desperate to be noticed. But this guy made me smile!