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Clint Reynolds / Austin, Texas, USA

{editorial} Clint Reynolds lives with his girlfriend Jamie and dog Woody in an airstream in a backyard of a house he is sharing with a bunch of people in Austin’s east city. He builds bicycles, he rides them, he builds jumps, he road trips around the States in his Mercedes-Benz van that runs on vegetable oil. He’s living the dream. He is a dirt jump legend; he wouldn’t tell you though. Clint is a humble man. He shows us his airstream, the one he’s living in and the one he’s working on. We go for a ride in his van and visit the Eastside trails where he spends most of his time when he’s in Austin.
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Jen and Francois, Old Christ Church & Barkley House, Pensacola, Florida, USA

{wedding} Early last year, when we met Jen and Francois in Cape Town for their engagement shoot, we thought: yes, we want to shoot their wedding. And so it happened… one year later we’re in the USA, in Florida to be exact. And what a celebration it was. So much love, family, an insane band (this is our favourite song ever since), hectic dancing – pure joy all around. A wedding to remember.

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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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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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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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Cute girl at a coffee/book shop.

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Justus, my partner in crime.

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This lady works in the New York National Library. I asked if I can take a portrait of her and she asked me why I want to do that, I replied “cause I think you look lovely”. She said “Well, then go ahead!”.

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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

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Skating through New York City, USA

So I arrived in New York. The heat was high, very high, but I love it! On my arrival I quickly had a shower and took my skateboard and skated down Broadway, I always wanted to do this and it rocked. I also went to High Level Park and chilled in Central Park. All in all a good and exhausting day. I took some photos while skating, hope you like it 🙂 Tomorrow I will go to Detroit to meet up with Justus from InRat to pick up the V8. We will take some photos in the dark alleys of Detroit, can’t wait!!!! Watch this space, I will try to blog at least every second day.
dna – Desmond

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