© 2019 Desmond Louw & Antonia Heil
dna photographers / Cape Town, South Africa / Berlin, Germany
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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.


Rush Sports CycloPlus Dealer Tour #1 / South Africa

{editorial} Bicycles, bicycles, bicycles… for Rush Sports we documented bike shops all over the Western Cape (often in the middle of nowhere). We got into a van full of camera kit, baseball caps and t-shirts to give away. Every time we saw a cyclist, we stopped, took a portrait and gave him or her some freebies. It was so awesome to make these guys so happy and all it took was a cap or a shirt. Our country is full of amazing people. Have a look at the full Rush Sports CycloPlus Dealer Tour here.


Porsche GT2RS / shot for TopGear South Africa [July 2018]

{editorial} We shot the fastest production car ever made (if you use the Nürburgring as a benchmark) for TopGear South Africa. The rain came down in buckets and we love the dramatic effect it gave the pictures! We blasted through Franchhoek towards Stanford, then back to Cape Town via Kleinmond. I have never ever felt so much power on four wheels, unreal. The new GT2RS makes mince meat out of ALL the supercars and hypercars ever made. DNA – Desmond


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 High Life, 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