© 2019 Desmond Louw & Antonia Heil
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.


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)


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


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


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