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dna photographers / Cape Town, South Africa / Berlin, Germany
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Category: DOCUMENTARY & EDITORIAL
Suzaan and Chris Alheit / shot for Ozy.com / Alheit Vineyards, Hemel & Aarde Ridge, Walker Bay / South Africa

{editorial} We spent some time with Chris and Suzaan from Alheit Vineyards in the Hemel and Aarde Valley. The goal was to capture some portraits of them for online magazine Ozy.com. What a lovely couple making exceptionally good wine. Read the article here.


ISUZU KB300 / shot for ISUZU Motors South Africa / Namibia

{commercial} Two weeks ago we were road tripping through Namibia, this time for fun and games with a bit of work in between. Thank you so much ISUZU South Africa for making the ride effortless for us. Our trusty KB300 was gripping all the way!


Kitty Spencer’s cat Baby D / shot for Tatler Magazine {Pet Of The Month March 2018}

{editorial} When we got an email from Tatler Magazine a few months ago, we had to smile about the enquiry: shoot a portrait of Kitty Spencer‘s cat ‘Baby D’ for the Pet Of The Month for issue March 2018. Lady Kitty Spencer is the eldest daughter of Earl Spencer and Victoria Aitken and the niece of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Kitty now lives in London, but her mom looks after her cat Baby D in Cape Town. What a fun morning. Baby D loves to sit in the suitcase when Kitty is packing. 😉


Port Elizabeth / shot for Highlife, British Airways inflight magazine

{editorial} When High Life asked Nick and myself to document PE, I was a bit nervous and excited at the same time. Nervous because I’m not familiar with PE and when I asked someone that day what he thinks about PE he replied “Well at least its close to J-Bay”. But exactly this made me excited! I knew that Nick (who always gets the best out of a situation and out of people) and myself will rock it and that we will show to everyone that PE is cool. We did just that!

Ever since I have been back to PE twice for various other jobs. I have met amazing people and kinda feel like a local in the Baakens Valley, the place where you get very good food, beer and of course coffee. So PE’s culture is growing enormously, especially amongst the youth. The youth that always moved to Joburg and Cape Town after school are staying and making awesome things. And yes, J-Bay is around the corner, extra brownie points! DNA – Desmond


Morvélo kit / Meerendal Wine Estate, Cape Town, South Africa

{commercial} We went out to Meerendal Wine Estate to shoot the boys from Morvélo with their new kit. The weather played along, fun was had and coffee was awesome!


Garden Route Trail Park Knysna / WOW Ride / shot for Bicycling Magazine

{editorial} At the end of last year I went to the Garden Route Trail Park in Knysna for the WOW ride series for Bicycling magazine. Flowy trails, good coffee and good vibes! What a lovely place. Fun exploring this awesome park with Neill Ungerer (Lapierre ambassador). Cheers, DNA – Desmond


Sun Met 2018 / 27 January 2018 / Cape Town, South Africa

{documentary} Heat, wind, fashion… oh, and horses 😉 – awesome to be part of the Sun Met 2018. Thanks to MobileMediaMob for another sweet gig.


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


Sean Sakinofsky / SaK07 / shot for Bicycling Magazine / Cape Town, South Africa

{editorial} I shot Sean Sakinofsky from SaK07 for Bicycling Magazine. Sean is a bicycle fanatic, started a sock company and much more. Read the full interview here. DNA – Desmond


Giant bicycles / shot for Bicycling Magazine / Meerendal Wine Estate, Durbanville, South Africa

{editorial} We shot some new bikes from Giant for Bicycling magazine at Meerendal Wine Estate. Have a look at the latest Bicycling issue to read all about it.


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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