It was a late January afternoon in a bitterly cold London. The year was 2000. I had just left the continent I love and were adapting to a new climate, culture & country. I wasn’t doing well. I was living in a house with 7 other ZA’s, had a job as a supply teacher ( and already hated it), haven’t officially earned any £’s yet and couldn’t braai or make a fire when I wanted to. Did I mention I was in a bad place?
I entered my teenage girl phase. I needed to do something to feel better. I didn’t think. I randomly walked into one of the thousand Regent Street Technology shops and managed to spent all the money I had on a Nikon F60 with 2 kit lenses.
The bitter sweet of a dream come true. I hardly had enough money to get back on the red line to my shack in Leytonstone. Not even to mention not being able to buy no name brand fish fingers for supper. I lost a few pounds. I walked a bit more than the average Londoner.
Looking back, this here was one of the sweetest moments of my life …
It was my camera that accompanied me on a number of adventures during my teenage girl stage. We travelled through Africa & Europe. We saw oceans together, ancient ruins, high mountains and beautiful people. And it was my camera that helped me to escape to a place where I could find myself again. To move from a teenage girl to a man. From playing to earning a living. From mundane to supernatural. And still, more than 11 years later, the story continues …
A Rough Guide to My Next 2 Weeks
- S28 Fly to Bloemfontein for Wedding
- S29 Fly to Johannesburg to connect with my international flight to Italy
- M30 Arrive Rome. Pre-wedding shoot with my client
- T31 Travel to Lake Albamo
- W01 Wedding Ceremony Tivoli, Couple Shoot Lake Albamo, Reception in Castle
- T02 Night Shoot (Surprise)
- F03 Orthodox Ceremony, Central Rome
- S04 Fly to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
- S05 Fly to Lalibela
- M06 Lalibela
- T07 Lalibela
- W08 Fly to Addis. Commercial shoot Hotel & German Beer Brewery
- T09 Back to SA
- F10 Wedding Cape Town
- S11 Wedding Wellington
- S12 Family Day & Rest!
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