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dna photographers / Cape Town, South Africa / Berlin, Germany
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Category: DOCUMENTARY & EDITORIAL
GTBank Fashion Weekend 2017 / Lagos, Nigeria

{events} Our first trip (and for sure not our last trip) to Lagos, Nigeria was a great one. Shooting the GTBank Fashion Weekend 2017 was super fun. It was not just all runway shows but a shopping experience, a traditional village showing old crafts, street fashion and master classes held by fashion pros from around the world {Vanessa Kingori MBE (Publisher, British GQ Portfolio), Vanessa Lucca (Fashion Editor & Journalist), Jay Alexander (TV Personality & Runway Coach), Giles Deacon (Fashion Designer), Shiona Turini (Fashion Editor & Stylist), TY Bello (Photographer), Sophie Hedley (Fashion Consultant & PR Expert), Danessa Myricks (Makeup Artist, Photographer & Creative Cosmetic Expert), Rebecca Osei-Baidoo (Buyer, Women’s Wear)}.

Showcasing on the runways: Tracy Reese, Lanre Da-Silva Ajayi, Taibo Bacar, Ituen Basi, Mimi Plange, Meena, Ejiro Amos Tafiri, LaQuan Smith, Weizdhurm Franklyn, Mille Collines, Ladunni Lambo and Julien MacDonald.

The GTBank promotes enterprises within the fast growing Nigerian fashion industry. What a fantastic event ! Thanks so much for having us! DNA

 


Voortrekker Road / shot for Highlife, British Airways inflight magazine

{editorial} “You can find anything on Voortrekker Road. Really, you can. You can find your ancestors at Maitland Cemetery and salvation at Command of Faith Ministries. Modern-day Voortekkers dragging carts of scrap metal behind blinkered horses and row upon row of caricature car salesmen peddling near-identical Toyotas and Tatas. You can find your bearings by looking up at ever-present Lion’s Head.”

I spend two days on Voortrekker Road with Nick Dall interviewing random people – such a good and positive experience. Chatting and meeting people that live in a caravan park, inviting us into their caravans and sharing story after story. It’s such a special road. It reminds me a lot of America. Find the full story in the current inflight magazine of British Airways called High life.
DNA – Desmond


Clint Reynolds / Austin, Texas, USA

{editorial} Clint Reynolds lives with his girlfriend Jamie and dog Woody in an airstream in a backyard of a house he is sharing with a bunch of people in Austin’s east city. He builds bicycles, he rides them, he builds jumps, he road trips around the States in his Mercedes-Benz van that runs on vegetable oil. He’s living the dream. He is a dirt jump legend; he wouldn’t tell you though. Clint is a humble man. He shows us his airstream, the one he’s living in and the one he’s working on. We go for a ride in his van and visit the Eastside trails where he spends most of his time when he’s in Austin.
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DNA WOR{KING} X Business Day Wanted collaboration

{editorial} Our project WOR{KING} kicked off in February 2014. We just kept on meeting more and more people with awesome wheels (cars, of course, but also motorcycles and bicycles) and their stories and we had to do something with them. For us it was only natural to shoot them plus to do a little interview.
The history of the vehicle and the memories associated with it are usually about more than just the ‘drive’. South Africa and Germany, where most of the content was gathered, have an incredible car culture. The content features various characters and stories: A son who buys his dad his lifelong favorite car, a family that has owned ten Volkswagen Beetles, with which they managed to conquer difficult 4×4 only passes. A father and son who have restored a Boss Mustang for the duration of eleven years. A filmmaker who loves his narrow car and hopes it never becomes trendy…
The people included in this book are a few that we have met on our travels in South Africa, USA, Portugal, Germany and Thailand.
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BBC Top Gear, season 23 episode 2, Durban, South Africa and Sani Pass, Lesotho

{documentary / automotive} BBC Top Gear asked me to be the photographer for season 23 episode 2 – shot in Durban, South Africa and Sani Pass, Lesotho. What an incredible week of shooting, getting up early, going to bed late and making new friends. It was awesome hanging with Chris Evans, Matt LeBlanc, Eddie Jordan, Sharleen Spiteri, Seasick Steve and Tinie Tempah.

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