Some spreads I photographed for the current issue of Superbike SA. The one is an America V-Twin from Victory called a Magnum – a true hard bagger and a factory custom machine – and the other is a Korean Hyosung X5R, a nice and surprisingly fun little 250cc.
The Tintswano restaurant at the Waterfall Equestrian Estate is a treat. Though aimed squarely at the very wealthy with horses in tow, don’t let that put you off going. Also, the name of the place where you eat is called The Feed Room. Twee. Don’t let that put you of either.
The food prepared by the quiet and talented chef Eric Hlatshwayo is delicately balanced and superbly flavorful.
Photographing the dishes was wonderful and tasting them a real joy. See more of the images from the shoot in the latest issue of Joburg Style (out early 2014) and on their website right now with recipes.
Shooting at Medeo, the huge, lavish restaurant at the Palazzo at Monte Casino Hotel in Fourways, Johannesburg was quite lovely.
The setting was lush and opulent. The chef, Arnold Stuurman, was inviting and interesting, and the food was bloody brilliant – exceptionally presented and wonderfully nuanced.
Enjoy some of the photos here and see them in the current (Nov 2013) issue of Joburg Style magazine.
A few months back I shot the Carnivore restaurant for Joburg Style magazine with the slightly open brief of “Just try not to make it look gross”. I half joke and paraphrase but Carnivore is a big restaurant that brings out huge skewers of meats of all kinds at a bewildering pace – photographing this was not going to be easy, especially for a style magazine.
Sitting and enjoying the food as a guest would proved the perfect way to pace the shoot and prepare the plates. No food stylists in THIS kitchen! Just massive open fires hot enough to melt your shirt off if you walk too close. Luckily I happened to have an amazing food stylist on hand: Tallula aka my girlfriend. The waiters/slashers would come past with massive skewers of meats and slice onto our plates till we shouted STOP and then we got to tasting and arranging and plating and drizzling sauce over the crispy, still sizzling meat and venison.
I’m quite sure the other patrons thought we were barking mad, some Food-Instagramers taking it a little too far. I no one old lady was particularly intrigued as to why I painstakingly filled a plate with food only to go outside and put it on the floor and star waling around it taking photographs. The reason? There was some lovely slate stone outside I wanted as a background surface for that plate. Same reason I put the next one on the wooden floor near the window – nice wooden floor and great light equals winning. Yip, she and others thought I was completely bonkers. Which only made it more fun.
I also needed to get some shots of the space and the chef, both of which pleased me immensely as I love portraiture and decor as much as shooting food.
And lest I forget to mention some of the meats we ate: springbok, warthog, beef, pork, chicken, gemsbok and….. CROCODILE! (That’s the pic below. Which, you guessed it, tasted like chicken…)
I’ve been doing a lot more magazine work recently which is amazing – I’ve always loved shooting with magazines: you get to shoot amazing people in great locations and with a lot of creative freedom. And then you get to see your photographs in print. Awesome.
here is a selection of images made for Real magazine. a South African publication that is part of the Media24 group. Working closely with the Art Director of Real, Sihle Madlala, has been great, we see eye-to-eye on a lot of ideas and he’s even been comfortable letting me drag the team out into bizarre locations like a hotel that has been turned into an old age home.
The backstories are nice but the images are what matters. So here we go:
First up we have Mbali Ntuli. Mbali is the leader of the DA Youth League. The DA is a South African political party. Shooting Mbali was a lot of fun. She is a really interesting lady with tons of attitude and charisma. She comes from a family that owns taxis and so the decision was taken to photograph her in a taxi rank, which was an interesting experience.
The next lady is a businesswoman named Thando Baloyi who owns a security company. A security company in South Africa is no small undertaking and chatting to her was very interesting. Calm and in control this is how I wanted to get her presence across in the photograph.
|Pretty pink cake.|
I did 2 shoots recently for different magazines Both involved shooting food. But they were very different indeed…
|Potato and Leek Soup.|
|Tower of meringue and strawberry.|
|The Carnivore interior.|
|Traditional is always in fashion.|
You can see all the images in tearsheets over on my website. Some more of the images:
|That’s crocodile on the left. Tasted like chicken. Really.|
|Dawa, the signature drink of the Carnivore.|
|Gemsbok. Very delicious indeed.|
|Canon 5Dmk2, Canon 14mm 2.8L|
|The 2 pics of the models were put in my the magazine – no idea who shot them…|
|Show me the DETAIL man!
Canon 5Dmk2, Canon 50mm 1.4
|Skulls and Trophies.
Glorious outside bokeh.
Canon EOS1nRS, Fuji Superia 200, Canon 50mm 1.4
|Chez and Anatomy.
Absolutely wonderful textures…
Canon EOS1nRS, Fuji Superia 200, Canon 35mm 1.4L
How wide can you go?
Canon EOS1nRS, Fuji Superia 200, Canon 14mm 2.8L
|Thou Shalt make Beautiful Bokeh
Canon EOS1nRS, Fuji Superia 200, Canon 100mm F2