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dna photographers / Cape Town, South Africa / Berlin, Germany
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Iron and Air story {custom bike scene in Lisbon and Porto
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{editorial} We did a trip to Portugal last year to visit the top four bike builders in the country. One of the best weeks of our lives, not because of the country, not because of the bikes and cool rides we had, not because of all the good food but because of the friends we made. Toni did the interviews and wrote the story and I took the pictures for Iron & Air. So so proud of this one! Get the latest issue (issue number 19) of Iron & Air digitally here. DNA – Desmond

P.S. WOW! We are overwhelmed by the response. Thank you so so much.

“In Portugal’s custom building scene, there are people working at world-class standards, and amazingly, for such a small…

Posted by Iron & Air on Thursday, April 16, 2015

 

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dna USA trip {Texas, Austin (SXSW), New Orleans..}

{news} We had an EPIC road trip through Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and then a quick flight to New York City!

So we picked up our little rental car in Dallas, Texas and started to head south direction Austin. We set the GPS to avoid big highways so that we can see more of the countryside and locals. This was really interesting, Texas can give the same feeling as the Free State in South Africa. Every guy drives a huge bakkie or as they will say pick-up. We had fun! Staying on a ranch, buying cowboy boots, learning why we/they have to ‘Keep Austin weird’, SXSW, road tripping, shooting an AMAZING wedding (more about that soon) and having a little bit of hard core winter in NYC. Traveling is good. Life is super duper good.

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Bakkie shootout for the December issue of TopCar

{automotive} Last month the topCar guys and myself went on a one day road-trip to the Tanwka Karoo. WOW – this place always blows my mind. If you haven’t been here, go ASAP. It’s only three hours away from Cape Town. This shoot with the bakkies was a bit tricky as the sun was brutal and we had to shoot quickly as we were under loads of time pressure. Minimal lights were used on location, the sun was my light. It worked well. DNA – Desmond

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Harley Davidson trip through South Africa

{documentary} What an honour! I (Desmond) was invited by Harley Davidson to shoot a group of Japanese journalists while they toured the northern and eastern part of South Africa and Swaziland. We were joined by Marc-Hans Richer, the Vice President of Harley Davidson. What an awesome guy, we had loads of fun!

We started in Johannesburg and went to Dullstroom, Kruger National Park, Mbabane in Swaziland, Pongolapoort Dam and then ended of at the African Bike Week in Margate.

We live in an incredible country, the Japanese guys (and I) had the time of their lives!

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Bikeroutes Overberg trip {BMW F800 GS Adventure}

{automotive} We had such a great time when we shot the Overberg trip for www.bikeroutes.co.za. This was an advertorial route we did together with BMW Motorrad South Africa. Our bike for the trip, the BMW F800 GS Adventure. Have a look at the route, images, video and other information over here. If you don’t know Bikeroutes, get on it! If you like riding off the beaten track with a bike (or a 4×4 car), check it out. Download the maps and information of the coolest routes in Southern Africa. You can also submit your own routes. dna – Desmond

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TopGear shoots for issue February 2014

{automotive} I’m so proud of the February TopGear(South Africa) issue! (Or how the guys at TopGear call it ‘the Desmond Louw issue’ 🙂 I shot the cover and 28 pages on the inside, including my Detroit to NYC, USA trip I did in August last year! On the technical side, we bought a D800. I had so much fun shooting with this machine. Editing 36 million pixels comes in handy…love it!! Cheers, dna – Desmond

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Cars of 2013

{automotive} What a year we had! Toni and I had so much fun shooting cars and people all over the world!  Here are some of our favourite car photos taken in 2013, enjoy. Thanks to everyone for all the opportunities and support! Happy new year! May it be more than awesome.

dna – Desmond

P.S. Our favorite wedding and people moments of the past season are over here.

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Lesotho Sky, Lesotho

My cousin ‘in law’ Christian asked me to shoot some shots at this year’s Lesotho Sky, a mountain bike race for the brave! This was also a golden opportunity to test the long term car of  Rapport InRat, a Citroën DS3 (read in the coming issue about how fuel efficient it is etc.). Lesotho was so so dry and soooo beautiful, lovely people, cute kids and world class mountain passes. Martin who went with me (he is from Hamburg) was also blown away! We stayed in tents, we ate local food and followed the cyclist around Lesotho for a week. I will never forget this, Lesotho is the heart of Southern Africa and and is well worth a visit! Go there! dna, Desmond

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Road trip: Detroit, Pennsylvania, Boston, New York City, USA

Hello!! So the final days in America were MIND-BLOWING! We left Detroit and drove into Pennsylvania to spend a night there. This state never heard of the fuel crisis in the world, that’s for sure. Once again we encountered lovely people and amazing landscapes. While we were driving, Justus said that it’s a pity we can’t really test the car’s ability on these roads. The rules are strict and we don’t want to test the cops again. I asked the GPS to look for race tracks and it pointed out a track 20 miles from us. We thought we must go have a look, maybe we are lucky and the gate is open or something. We arrived and there were two guys who own this oval track. We spoke to them and they said we can do on the track what we want, but they want to feel the car, too! After signing some paperwork the track was ours!!! We had so much fun, and to top it all, they gave us a ride in their NASCAR! Now THAT’S power. Here is a short clip I took while in the car. The next day we drove off to Boston to do some sightseeing. What a lovely city – Harvard was interesting. Its was enrollment day and the town was full of young nervous first years and their parents, haha. After that it was time for the Big Apple again, New York City! I don’t even know where to begin, I walked the city flat (I still have a blister on my right foot the size of a R5 coin!). Interesting, weird, well groomed – random people; David Blaine walked past carrying a small alligator (promise). I was just like ‘nothing surprises me anymore, that’s so normal right now’. Like all my trips this one was way too short. NYC, I will be back, promise. You are astonishing!
dna – Desmond

USA post 1: Skating through New York City
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USA post 3: Road trip: Detroit, Pennsylvania, Boston, New York City

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Reflecting our photography season 2012/2013

Dear friends, followers, clients and supporters of our work.
It’s winter in Cape Town – a good time to reflect over a good cup of coffee over the past year, the past photography season: European summer 2012 / South African summer 2012/2013 and European summer 2013. OH my gosh did we have blast shooting. Let’s be honest: we are witnesses of happiness. It’s uber-amazing, yes it is. We are totally for marriage, love stories and more. We love what we do. It’s a privilege! It’s amazing becoming friends with so many of our clients. We love being in Cape Town in summer and in Europe in summer. Life is good. Very good. Thanks for your constant love and support!
Love, dna – Desmond ‘n Antonia

Thanks to….
Katja & Motoki & Jona, Ekaterina & Sascha, Bridget and Andreas, Verena, Julia and Tommi, Daniela and Alex, Simone & Bastian & Greta, Bianca & Christoph, Elli & Pat, Mari-Louise & Michael, Julia & Sascha, Sheenaz & Rikki, Bubbles & Marc, Romy & Calvin, Loren & Garth, Isabel & Graeme, Carin & James, Isis and Chris, Liuba and Chris, Thomas & Dag, Candice & Pierre, Liana & Chris, Geneviève & Alastair, Conny and Felix, Kristina and Sven, Mareen & Jan, Janine & Ilan, Renier & Suzanne, Helga & Stefan, Niki and Thomas, Nadine & Alex, Chris & Klaus, Janine & Douglas, Kirsten & Horst, Katja & Mike & Levi, Conny, Aleit, Wedding Concepts, Doreen Winking Weddings and everyone else. We love you!

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Driving a Dodge Charger in Detroit, USA

We arrived in Detroit! At first I was shocked of the state of this city and all the suburbs. So many beautiful houses stand empty and are falling into pieces, it’s crazy. The city is turning into one giant ghost city, but it’s very charming I must say. The people here are super friendly, I can feel there is still a good vibe here. I got up early to take a shot of the Dodge Charger (Dodge Charger SRT8, 6.4 liter engine, a remake of an old muscle car in the 60’s and 70’s) in front of an old house. I was setting my lights to take a shot of the car and this dude walked up to me, his name is Glory Hoggz (check him out on youtube!) and he is a rapper from Detroit. I asked if I can take a few shots of him and said “Sure thing man, let’s do this shit!”.
We worked a bit in a coffee shop, then we had a long shoot with the Dodge Charger in an old Packard factory. This place was massive!!! So after we found a place to enter the building with the car we drove around in the building from one room to another to find cool shooting locations, it was soooo rad! I must still work on the pictures (and I want to save them for the publication) but I have one pic of the rear that I quickly edited :). After this we went to a jazz festival in downtown Detroit with loads of happy people, I took some pics and Justus interviewed people. After this we went to a local brewery and had the most awesome beer. We were looking for a spot to cross the river next to Detroit so that we can stand on the other side of the water and take a picture of the car with the city skyline. We drove over this bridge and on the other side there was a huge Canadian flag. We were like ‘WTF’! So we arrived at the Canada border control and told them we didn’t realize we are actually entering Canada by crossing this bridge, they thought we are the biggest idiots alive and after some paperwork we could leave again for Detroit. So the Canadian border control thinks all South Africans are stupid, sorry about that! We had to go to this little island to get a shot with the same feeling, I love this photo! Detroit was cool, I will be back! Today we must travel 700km, so we better hit the road!
dna – Desmond

USA post 1: Skating through New York City
USA post 2: Driving a Dodge Charger in Detroit
USA post 3: Road trip: Detroit, Pennsylvania, Boston, New York City

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