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dna photographers / Cape Town, South Africa / Berlin, Germany
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Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden / editorial shot for Highlife, 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 Highlife, 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 Highlife, 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 Highlife, 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.


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.


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


Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars Calendar 2018 / shot in Spain

{automotive} In July we got a call from Mercedes-Benz Germany. They told us that they love our natural style of taking photos and they would love for us to be part of the international 2018 Mercedes-Benz passenger cars calendar.

Five other car photographers from all around the world were selected for this collaboration. Each photographer got a country and a car. We got the GLC and Spain. We decided to go up country to the lesser traveled north and east. Our main spot was Bardenas Reales, a semi-desert natural region.

We are super honoured to have been part of this, it was definitely a 2017 highlight.

You can buy the calendar here.

Have a look at the photographs used and some behind-the-scenes shots.

“The Mercedes-Benz 2018 passenger car calendar takes you for a ride with the new EQ Power vehicles. Look forward to the fascinating trip with #MBSocialCar photographers and allow yourself to become inspired for 12 entire months.”


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


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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