Robin Hammond

4th February 2014

Today I wanted to tell you about our friend Robin Hammond. A photo journalist whose work focuses on humanitarian and human rights issues, Robin has recently had two books published…

Zimbabwe: Your wounds will be named silence

This book is filled with photographs and stories of Zimbabwe’s displaced families, war torn countryside and collapsed farms and industries. The hauntingly beautiful images filled me equally with horror and awe, and emphasised just how much the savagery of Mugabe’s reign has all but destroyed what was once one of Africa’s most influential countries.

This work has also featured in National Geographic, won him the prestigious Carmignac Foundation Award and was selected by Time Magazine as one of the best photobooks of 2013.

Buy it here.

Condemmed – Mental Health in African Countries in Crisis

Photographed over seven years across nine African countries, this book shows a disturbing view of the mentally ill in Africa while giving voices to some of the most powerless people in the world. By buying a copy of Condemned and suggesting a person or company for it to be sent to, you can also help raise awareness of this alarmingly neglected issue.

Buy it here.

Both of these books are now on our bookshelf and I would like to gently encourage you guys to share them with as many people as possible. It takes someone special like Robin to capture these images but we can all help play a part in raising awareness, by passing on his photographs and their stories.

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RIP Madiba

6th December 2013

“In War: Resolution,
In Defeat: Defiance,
In Victory: Magnaminity
In Peace: Good Will.” 

– Winston Churchill

Namibia

5th July 2013

Sorry for the lack of posts this week guys, work has been crazy and on Sunday morning we’re embarking upon a 4×4 Namibian adventure!

See you in a couple of weeks – wide eyed, desert wizened and bronzed by Africa.

Woopee!

Afrika Burn

13th June 2013

Inspiration for 2014.

Lots of timelapse + a trek to Afrika Burn.

This is what it’s all about…

Dark Star Safari

8th April 2013

I bought Dark Star Safari for Si for his birthday. He read it and loved it, and I just finished it and loved every single word.

I think Paul Theroux is my new hero. His overland trip from Cairo to Cape Town was inspiring, funny and eye-opening.

Next up Sunrise with Seamonsters.

Design Indaba 2013

28th February 2013

Yes, it’s that time of year again folks, when the best of the South Africa design world come out to play at Design Indaba.

Like always I wish I had some spare cash to actually see some of the conference (Jessica Hische is speaking on Saturday) but I’m happy enough to pop down tomorrow to get inspired, and I’ll put a post together next week of all of my favourite finds.

Stay tuned!

Namibian Nights

11th February 2013

This gorgeous timelapse is for my awesome friends living out in the Namibian bush x

(Thanks Dad)

Lalesso X Pichulik

5th February 2013

On Saturday at Neighbourgoods I discovered Pichulik, a handmade jewellery brand with pieces made from climbing rope.

Not only are Katherine-Mary’s jewellery designs awesome, she’s also done a collaboration with Lalesso to produce a range of bags and purses.

This gorgeous Jaali purse has gone straight onto my birthday wishlist.

Holi One

4th February 2013

In a month’s time Cape Town will be hosting the first ever African Holi Festival of colour!

Run by Seed Experiences Agency (the same guys who put on Rocking The Daisies) they say, “The global HOLI ONE festival is not directly linked to the original Holi Festival, nor with it’s religious aspects, but is definitely inspired by it and shares the same values – a day steeped in the old Indian tradition of bringing people together in love and peace, a tradition that transcends backgrounds and cultures.” So basically loads of colour, love, partying and powder throwing with no need to get religious. Perfect!

Holi One is on March 2nd at the Grand Parade – so get your white clothes on, buy your tickets here and see you there!

Neon Yellow Toe Cap Vellies

15th January 2013

Eek! These Neon Toe Kids Vellies are too cool for school.

Made by Schier Shoes who are based in Namibia, vellies are ancestors of the modern-day desert boot and these ones are made of vegetable-dyed Kudu leather.

The best bit?

They come in big sizes too!

(via OhJoy!)

Drowning World

30th November 2012

Drowning World is a long-term photographic and video project exploring the global impact of flooding by photographer Gideon Mendal.

His somewhat controversial decision to release a selection of his Nigerian flood images on Instagram, alongside his more traditional images, means his photographs were available to a huge audience and created (with help from Twitter) an immediate awareness of the crisis.

It’s an interesting idea and one Mendal talks about in his interview with the BBC. To see more of his Instagram images, follow him on Twitter @gideonmendel.

(via BBC)

Daniel

26th November 2012

I was feeling kind of crafty this weekend and so I made these name blocks for my sweet little cousin’s Christmas present.

Thought it might be fun to teach him some South African animals!

Día De Los Muertos

28th September 2012

Here’s my awesome Fiona Goldthorpe soap.

I told you it was way too pretty to use, and now it’ll make me happy every time I come home and drop my keys by the front door.

Happy Friday!

Santa Shoebox

21st September 2012

I read about the Santa Shoebox Project on the plane going to Jo’burg and I think it’s awesome.

It’s a super inspiring project that co-ordinates the donation, collection and distribution of Christmas presents to underprivileged children across South Africa. The best bit is that it’s personal and you can choose your child by their name, gender and age.

Santa Shoebox asks that you fill your decorated shoebox with the following items:

• Toothpaste and a toothbrush
• Bar of soap and a washcloth
• An outfit of clothing
• Educational supplies
• Sweets
• A toy

Anything else you’d like to give (and fits in the box!) is up to you.

Such a simple, cute initiative that’s easy to take part in and will make a little kid super happy at Christmas. What else could you ask for?

I’ll make sure to put some photos up when we’ve made our shoeboxes. Si has a 5 year old boy called Prince and I have a 4 year old girl called Emihle. Yay!

Between Friends ♥ Robin Hammond

21st September 2012

Between Friends
Robin Hammond

Today’s Between Friends belongs to probably the bravest guy I’ve ever met. Being inspired by risk takers is a bit of a giveaway, although the grapefruit juice is definitely a curveball.

As a photojournalist Robin has spent a large chunk of his life travelling to some of the world’s poorest places. War-torn countries divided by poverty and corrupt beyond belief. He finds people who have no one else to tell their stories to and with his beautiful photography helps to raise awareness of their suffering.

Last year he won the prestigious Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award with his work on Zimbabwe, and the € 50,000 award meant he was able to travel there over a 5 month period (getting himself arrested twice and jailed for 3 weeks during the process) to take the photos he needed to raise awareness of the issues surrounding Zimbabwe today.

By supporting “a profession in the grip of a severe financing crisis, Carmignan Gestion hopes to give these key witnesses [ie photographers] of today’s world the means to go where others will not.”  

Your Wounds will be named Silence will be exhibited at L’Ecole des Beaux-arts de Paris from 9th November until 9th December and published as a book to accompany the exhibition.

L’Ecole des Beaux-arts de Paris
Chapelle des Petits-Augustins
14, Rue Bonaparte
75600 Paris

To view more of Robin’s work check out his website here.

(To view a bigger version, please click the image above)

44 Stanley

18th September 2012

Hello! I’m home!

Zanzibar was amazing. Beautiful, relaxing and chilled (that’s another post all turquoise and aquamarine) and because our flight left super early on Saturday morning from Jo’burg, we decided to fly up the day before.

We spent the day hanging out in a rather awesome hotel, complete with private jacuzzi, champagne and Nelson Mandela next door! And since we were there we thought we should check out a bit of the city too. 44 Stanley was recommended to us by the lovely Maike, so we went to have a look. It was super cool and we killed a couple of hours wandering around and eating. Here’s what we found:

Bean There – an afternoon wandering is never complete without a good coffee stop. Jo’burg’s Bean There is just as sexy as Cape Town’s and the coffee rocks.

Anatomy Design – I fell in love with the skull screenprint in the window.

Lucky Fish was a gorgeous shop selling everything from cotton Indian bedspreads to handmade soap. Si bought me one of Fiona Goldthorpe’s Día de los Muertos Skull Soaps. It’s much too pretty to use so I’m going to find a box frame for it.

AOP Gallery – the Fiona Pole exhibition had just been hung when we stopped by. Her etchings are beautiful.

Vovo Telo – Mmmm. Pizza bread and juices to die for. Their awesome branding was done by South African illustrator Alta Stegmann and the best bit? They just opened a cafe at the V&A. Sweet.

Decade / Wasteland had some gorgeous vintage furniture that reminded me of pieces my grandparents used to own.

Frazer Parfum – I found some more beautiful Frazer Parfum bottles in Méchant & Gentil (oh! if only they didn’t cost a small fortune).

So 44 Stanley was the perfect start to our trip and definitely check out if you’re ever in Johannesburg.

(Thanks Maike x)

Africa

4th September 2012

I love this 1554 Map of Africa by German Cartographer Sebastian Münster. Apparently it’s one of the earliest maps of the entire African continent.

Click on the image if you’d like to see a larger version.

Yay Bee Sea @ Wolves

28th August 2012

Yay Bee Sea is up for one more week at Wolves Cafe in Johannesburg if anyone is around to go check it out.

If you’re not, you can still purchase letter prints from here.

I love the O by Sergio Ines (of course).

The Ultimate Road Trip

27th July 2012

The compelling story of Gunther Holtorf and his 23 year road-trip is quite simply amazing.

What started off as an 18 month African adventure in 1989, continued as a lifetime of travel, and 800,000 kms later Gunther and his car Otto are still going strong.

I’m inspired and awe-struck. What an amazing man.

Watch a short video over on the BBC, that includes some amazing photographs by Gunther and Dave Lemke, a photographer who joined him for part of his journey.

Big Five

3rd July 2012

Another reminder I’m home.

James Jean Limited Edition Big Five poster, signed and numbered in an edition of 250.

Robin Hammond

19th June 2012

I’m SO excited to be able to write about our friend Robin winning the prestigious Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award. Hooray!

The award was established in 2009 and finances a photojournalism report lasting for several months on a proposed theme.

Robin’s work on the humanitarian crisis affecting Zimbabwe was dangerous and extremely risky but I know he’ll have taken the most amazing photos in the months he spent there, and hopefully the awareness raised through his photography will make it all worthwhile.

There will be an exhibition of his work at the Chapelle de l’Ecole des Beaux-arts in Paris from 9 November 2012 and a beautiful book to accompany the show.

If you’re lucky enough to be in Paris then, make sure you don’t miss it.

Nick Brandt

16th April 2012

These animal portraits by video director turned wildlife photographer, Nick Brandt are stunning. What’s more amazing is that he doesn’t even use a telephoto lens preferring to get up close and personal with his subjects.

Brandt is also the founder of the Big Life Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation of Africa’s wildlife and ecosystems. 100% of the proceeds of the charity prints purchased from the Big Life Foundation go to helping fight poaching in Africa, which unfortunately is on the increase once more. Donations can also be made here.

“There has been a massively increased demand from China and the Far East, ivory prices have soared from $200 a pound in 2004 to more than $2000 a pound today. Some experts estimate that as much as 35,000 elephants a year are being slaughtered, 10% of Africa’s elephant population each year alone.”

(via Flavourwire)

Goet

8th March 2012

I finally found out who make these awesome wooden stools! Another great discovery at Design Indaba

Goet is a South African furniture and product design company and they make beautiful wooden furniture, lights, bowls and vases. Mmmmm.

Dan Halter | The Truth Lies Here

8th March 2012

The Truth Lies Here is Zimbabwean-born, Cape Town-raised Dan Halter’s 4th solo exhibition at What if the World Gallery in Woodstock.

“The show engages with notions of transmigration, the construction of ‘truths’, and the way in which things hold together and fall apart – the integration and disintegration of the fabric of the Zimbabwean Diaspora.”

I thought this image was pretty cool and I’m curious to see the rest of the show and his ideas about dislocated national identities – a subject that always interests me no matter where in the world it’s explored.

The Truth Lies Here is on from 8th March – 14th April.