© 2020 Desmond Louw & Antonia Heil
dna photographers / Cape Town, South Africa / Berlin, Germany
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The Union-Castle shipping line / shot for High Life, British Airways’ inflight magazine / Cape Town, South Africa

[editorial] British Airways turned 100 last year; when it made its first scheduled international flight – to Paris, from London – the Union-Castle shipping line was the Gateway to Africa. Together with journalist Nick Dall, Desmond documented the old buildings and interviewed some of the people that used to work there.


Signal Bikes Dealer Tour (episode 1) / shot for Rush Sports / Port Elizabeth, South Africa

[documentary] When you are on assignment with Oli Munnik, you know you are in for a wild ride! In Port Elizabeth we shot Alan Hatherly (a South African mountain bike racer and Olympic athlete) hanging out with some amped high school cyclist. Thanks Signal Bikes, looking forward to the next tour.
Read more about it here


Cederberg feature for Cathay Pacific’s inflight magazine Discovery

[editorial] For the November 2019 issue of Cathay Pacific‘s inflight magazine Discovery we traveled to the Cederberg. We stayed at the beautiful Cederberg Ridge Wilderness Lodge, visited Bushmen’s paintings, Clanwilliam, the Skimmelberg Buchu and Rooibos farm and enjoyed it all! What a great country we get to live in! Thanks again to the Hong Kong team for giving us such a great gig. [Have a look at the South Africa feature we shot for Cathay Pacific a while back. Click here.]


Toyota Corolla shot for High Life, British Airways’ inflight magazine / Cape Town, South Africa

[advertorial] The new Toyota Corolla (2019) pleasantly surprised us. The interior is beautiful, the exterior fresh and the ride super comfortable. We were asked by British Airways’ inflight magazine High Life to take her to Muizenberg and Kalk Bay and have a colourful shoot. The weather didn’t play along but we made the best of it!


Red Bull Cape Town Circuit Formula 1 / Cape Town, South Africa / 2 June 2019

[automotive] Last weekend was big! Shooting a F1 car is probably on every car photographer’s list and boy oh boy did I shoot a F1 car. We took the car to the unfinished highway in Cape Town early Friday morning to shoot some photos for the Saturday newspaper. On Saturday we shot the car together with the whole team – including David Coulthard – for a short film (Can’t wait for the release of this!).  Sunday was the big event where the absolute power and sound of this piece of engineering stunned the whole of Cape Town!
South Africa is so hungry to host a F1 event again, hearing that sound of the V8 bouncing between the buildings of Darling street gave me goosebumps all over!
Thank you Red Bull for the gig and thanks for Wayne Reichie and Craig Kolesky for all the support and good times. DNA – Desmond


Bike trip Tankwa & Karoo / South Africa

[travels] My buddy Roy and I (Desmond) took our bikes and did a circular route around the Western Cape. We didn’t book any accommodation and just took it as it came. We met so many characters in the Tankwa and everywhere we went. South Africans are just the best, humble, friendly and helpful people. Here are some photos Roy and myself took.


South Africa feature for Cathay Pacific’s inflight magazine Discovery

[editorial] For a South Africa feature in Cathay Pacific‘s inflight magazine Discovery we got to travel all over South Africa. Kruger Park, Route 62, Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn and Cape Town were on our list (including Chapman’s Peak, Boulders Beach, Cape Point, Kalk Bay etc.). Great being a tourist in your own country! Thanks to the Hong Kong team for giving us such a great gig. Enjoy scrolling through this extra dose of South Africa – loads of sceneries, animals, details, plants… [SA feature was published in Discovery in November 2018.]


ISUZU / Struandale plant / Port Elizabeth, South Africa

[automotive] No cars without people. Early January we spent some time in Port Elizabeth at the ISUZU plant. It takes a bunch (!!!) of people to make a car. It was fascinating to see and document the whole process for ISUZU Motors South Africa.


The Signal bicycle [Rush Sports] / Attakwas 2018 / South Africa

{events} Having become accustomed to racing high-end dual suspension mountain bikes abroad, Oli ‘Pinner’ Munnik accepted a challenge to ride this year’s Attakwas Extreme on a sub ZAR20k alloy hardtail … would he survive?! For more info on the Signal Bicycles click here.


Zip Zap Circus / editorial shot for High Life, British Airways inflight magazine / Cape Town, South Africa

{editorial} I documented a few days in Inathi’s life as she works-eats-sleeps the circus life with Zip Zap Circus. Shot for British Airways‘ inflight magazine High Life. DNA – Desmond 


Nemiroff TVC / shot in Cape Town, South Africa

{commercial} We LOVE shooting TVCs, especially when it involves dust, fire and petrol! Nemiroff Vodka asked us to shoot their new commercial. Three days of non-stop work, an amazing experience and so many cool peeps. Have a look at the TVC over here.

Client: Nemiroff 

Production: Magai Production
Local Production: MR
Director: Noah Conopask
DOP: Garrett Davis


Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden / editorial shot for High Life, British Airways inflight magazine

{editorial} We had the opportunity to shoot the beautiful Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden filled with his powerful sculptures. Shot for High Life, British Airways’ inflight magazine, it was part of a series where we documented people working with their hands. More here. If you’re in the Stellenbosch area, this is a great place to visit with a very lovely coffee shop.


With these hands / editorial shot for High Life, British Airways inflight magazine

{editorial} ‘With these hands’ is an editorial in the current High Life (British Airways inflight magazine) on people working with their hands and their true craftsmanship. We photographed Megan Miller and the makers of Nette Rose lingerie, the distiller Eugene Coertzen of Brickmakers Distillery, Dylan Lewis’ sculptures and shoe maker S’bosh Mnikina – words by Nick Dall.


Mercedes-Benz C-Class / shot for High Life, British Airways inflight magazine

{commercial / editorial} We loved driving and shooting the new Mercedes-Benz C-class for the latest High Life, the British Airways inflight magazine. Pick up a copy on-board or in an airport lounge. It’s a top notch mag!


Bottlenose dolphin capital of the world, Port Elizabeth / shot for High Life, British Airways inflight magazine

{editorial} Port Elizabeth has a reputation as the ‘bottlenose dolphin capital of the world’, but few people know that Algoa Bay is home to half the global population of African penguins as well as the world’s largest colony of gannets – some 200,000 individuals on one tiny island. The bay also harbours two other dolphin species and a host of resident and visiting whales, seals, sharks and fish. Nick Dall and I got salty with some of the scientists and tour operators who are committed to ensuring this decidedly urban marine gem remains as sparkly as ever. DNA – Desmond (with fabulous words by Nick Dall)


Dudley Nkosi / HFR Refrigerated for Scania Legend Magazine

{editorial} With 235 trucks, HFR Transport is one of the largest independent hauling companies in South Africa. Every day its drivers transport time-sensitive loads across this huge country and beyond. Dudley Nkosi, one of HFR’s “road jockeys”, takes great pride in his work. We got to meet and photograph him with his truck for the Scania Legend Magazine.