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Stillness at the End of the Day

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Stillness at the End of the Day

I like to document ordinary everyday things.  The little things I want to remember.  Like the way the light falls just before bed time.  The ritual of brushing and drying my daughters hair, listening to her as she chats away.  I may not like my house, with it’s pokey, nasty English windows, I resent the lack of a proper golden hour thanks to high trees blocking the light.  It's no secret that I loath my curtains and decor,  and my hair is a mess.  But you know what, none of that matters.  None of it is important for what I will remember is this moment.  This time that we shared.  The stillness at the end of the day. 

 

If you would like to document similar moments in your everyday life, I’d love to hear from you.  

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Filming our Everyday

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Filming our Everyday

This is the result of my very first assignment for Courtney Holmes' Video workshop ‘Filming Life’. I’ve been desperate to shoot video for at least a year now, and have battled to squeeze the course into my schedule as 2017 has been a bit crazy.  Learning a new technique and software is always frustrating but it has also been so much fun.  I want to capture all the little movements, sound and details of our everyday, ordinary family life.  The precious, fleeting details that mean so much.  This is my first proper attempt filming a lazy, ordinary Sunday evening.  And I can't wait to do more. 

 

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Home

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Home

Here a few images of the last shoot of 2016, taken a few days shy of Christmas. It was on the beach in my home town, Durban.  A dream location for sure, despite the wind and the odd spot of rain on my lens which was covered in thick sea spray after about 30 seconds!  It’s funny how every shoot has it’s unique challenges and this shoot was no different.  I learn something new every time.  (In this case, wipe lens constantly when on a super windy beach!)  I was lucky enough to photograph a Christmas reunion for this beautiful extended Durban family.  It’s such a wonderful idea to capture the whole family in a brief moment in time. I feel like a cheesy salesman saying this, but really it is priceless.  

Often I catch myself as the word ‘home’ slips off my tongue.  I have not lived in Durban for over 10 years now, and the term confuses some people.   Technically it is no longer my ‘home’ at all.  This is the place filled with memories that whisper to me from the moment the aeroplane hits the tarmac.  To say that I miss this colourful tropical city and the ocean is an understatement.  I love the collective sigh that settles over the city in the evening, as the warm Berea breeze washes away the busy heat of the day.  I love watching the endless stream of container ships on the horizon travelling to far away places.  I love the slow shushing of the sea, and how it instantly calms me.  I love how the sound of lone cars in the evening ricochets across long colonial veranda’s, around the high ceilings and back down to uneven, lovingly well worn wooden floors. I love the light, the lush green tropical bush.  It’s the sound and sights of my childhood.  A bitter sweet return filled wth memories and longing.  Not only do I miss the place, but I miss people who are no longer with us.  In a sense the place I miss is no longer really there.  Instead it is the place I return to in my dreams. 

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Lavender Fields

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Lavender Fields

A sister

is a little bit of childhood

that can never be lost.

- Marion C. Garret

It was a privilege to photograph these two beautiful sisters in the Lavender fields early in July. There is something quite special about running down the aisles of lavender.   Your face feels waves of hot summer air mixed with pockets of lavender scent that brushes past your cheeks as you run.  It is quite is exhilarating.   Usually I am running after my toddler here, but in this case I was lucky enough to be photographing these delightful girls.

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