Rough Guide to Italy & Ethiopia

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 …

I will try to post as much as I can during the next two weeks.  My Blog, Facebook, Twitter – all will be utilised to share this amazing time before me.  Feel free to join me on this journey.

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!

There is a reason that there is no pictures in this post.  Allow me to fill the gaps as the days go by.  Also feel free to follow me at the above mentioned places.  Your comments during this time will be welcome!

  • Denis - Wil, hold on! 🙂
    sincerely yours, Denis & Liubov27/05/2011 – 20:45

  • Dorinda Linde - Ek kan nie wag om al die fotos van my klein seuntjie te sien wat julle Saterdag 28 Mei by Marthie en Gerhard se troue in Bloemfontein geneem het nie. Baie dankie vir julle professionele optrede. Dink julle fotos is STUNNING. Geniet die volgende 2 weke.

    Dorinda en Jurie Linde29/05/2011 – 18:13

  • Wil Punt - D&U – H is so ‘n ongelooflike oulike seuntjie. Julle kan baie dankbaar wees vir jul 2 laaities. Hou dop – pics comin soon!29/05/2011 – 18:46

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