… I listened like the eager learner I was, and felt exhilarated at finding my first key to understanding music. It was the opposite of composing, a mirror to layering melodies and rhythms, deconstructing a composition to its building blocks. Composing in reverse …
Locking myself up in my home studio on a South African farm for a year, I wrote and recorded Unlike Me in an attempt to bring together my passion for guitar music and my fascination with electronic sound production.
Particularly happy with this logo for an upmarket residence in Franschhoek, South Africa. I love logos that allow for multiple, layered perceptions. The number 16 is visible, but may at first sight be interpreted as an abstract, plant-like graphic.
Advertisement for premium olive oil. The fusion of champagne glasses, gold coloured oil and a fresh olive branch depicts the “premium” aspect of this “natural” product in one strong image.
I don’t know what attracts me so inevitably about the Karoo, but I feel my feet grow roots every time I stand on its dusty moon-scaped soil.
… I entered, no longer feeling the usual rebellious discomfort, and sat down in one of the lecture rooms. And then I saw me in the crowd, my younger version, and I went up to him, me, and spoke …
Custom logo design and responsive Wordpress-powered website for this charming, luxurious Country House in the Overberg farmlands.
Every year, South Africa’s south-western landscapes turn into tapestries of lush, colourful fynbos and flowers. I captured the magic of this seasonal phenomenon at Bartholomeus Klip in the Riebeek Valley on my camera.
I develop and manage brand images and marketing tools for selected clients in the tourism, food and wine industries, creating engaging stories for Online Brand Ambassadors in Paarl, South Africa …
When everything around you seems dead ‘n dust, the warmth of the people around you feels so much more intense. Maybe that’s why I love the Karoo so much. That, and Prince Albert …
Forest Moon is the result of a year-long collaboration with music producer Greg Gordon. “Forest Moon is an unassuming and gentle slice of melodic acoustic tunes with scattered rock and world influences, all embellished with soft vocals and harmonies and lush but not overdone string and vocal harmony arrangements,” wrote SA Rock Digest.
Commercial photo shoot for Thokozani and Diemersfontein, Wellington
I have captured the olive oil making process at Mardouw in Swellendam, South Africa – from handpicked harvest to bottling – in this short photographic story.
Roman artichoke, as they serve it at Cajo e Gajo in my favourite area in Rome, Trastevere.
Out of a list of various proposals, Ellen chose this logo – a creative display of interlinking wedding rings with a modern font to exude class and Europe inspired style. The overall rectangular shape of the logo exudes authority and sincerity. www.ellenchristiaen.com
Creative photoshoot for Mardouw Olive Estate in Swellendam, on my wooden kitchen table, in natural late afternoon sunlight.
One of my favourite pictures of my latest trip to Belgium. Pickled eggs at Jigger’s in Ghent. To be had with one of their uniquely hand-mixed cocktails. When food meets design …
The new look for the Mardouw Olive Product range showcases Mardouw’s dedication to produce proudly South African olive products of superior quality, in harmony with nature.
The most difficult thing about travel writing, is the writing. Where does one find the time? When there is so much happening, when all your senses are being overwhelmed, and “living in the moment” is a matter of breathing and moving, where and when does one sit down and write?
Creative photoshoot for Mardouw Olive Estate in Swellendam, on my wooden kitchen table, in natural late afternoon sunlight. I love how the late sun turns the oil into warm liquid gold.
I love photos that have multiple, layered interpretations. At first, you see an abstract image of what seems like television static. When your eyes have adjusted, you start seeing the actual photo.
The smell of freshly cut grass. Golden-ripe wheat. Sprouting-green corn. Whiffs of insecticides and freshly ploughed mud that has fallen off tractor tyres and is now, here I walk, lining the narrow streets in scattered, double-lined patterns. It all takes me back to my childhood. One sniff at a time.
Our feet sprout roots every time we set foot in the Karoo. We’ve come home. Born in the country of TinTin, beer and chocolate, my wife and I moved, entirely voluntarily and eager for adventure, to South Africa in 1997. The connection with the soil, the sun and the people of this part of the world was instant. We feel alive here, connected with history, present and future. Since 2016 we call ourselves part-time Prince Albert locals.
Life’s a driverless bus ride. Without a map, it’s all about the passengers.
Living in Africa, with its wide open spaces, I felt intrigued by Europe’s network of alleys during my latest visit to Ghent, Belgium.
When pulling yourself through a typically heavy-headed Friday afternoon, remember that the Hemel en Aarde Valley is only one and a half hours away from Cape Town. This wine-obsessed, secluded micro-cosmos is a perfect weekend destination, with great opportunities to hike, mountain bike, and reconnect with family and friends. Oh, and have I mentioned the […]
A collection of 10 electronic songs. “Ethereal trip-hop strip teases, retro coffee bar jazzy flows, enigmatic dub drifts and crafted classical sighs make ideal ear candy for a late night romantic rendez-vous, stylish dinner parties or lazy Sunday lunches. An unchallenging listen, but then hey, duvet day soundtracks seldom sound more stylish,” wrote GQ magazine’s music reviewer.
It seems hard to define what constitutes “the Karoo” exactly. It’s a rather loose concept, and many people seem to have their own idea of what defines “the Karoo”.
Tasting my way through South Africa’s Pinot Noirs, I make notes and share my appreciation along the way.
There is something about the soil in Africa. Honesty. Love and respect for the earth we walk on. Dig our hands in. Grow our food in. Have our children play with. In touch with Mother Earth. In touch with ourselves …
An insignificant number. Nothing much has changed in the last 20 years, really. I’m still finding out who the fuck I am and what makes me tick …
I run a Cape Winelands events calendar, winelandsweb.co.za, listing and promoting festivals, markets, concerts, shows and special offers in the Cape Winelands
A slightly over-exposed photo of our two daughters at the beach. The light, pastel colours give the image an almost ethereal quality, while the girls’ postures imply energy and movement.
Designing wine labels for boutique wine farm Ameera in Stellenbosch, South Africa, is always a dynamic collaboration with owner Marc. While Marc suggests broad ideas (and decides on final concepts), I work out the creative layouts. I love the clean lines on these labels, rather unusual in an industry steeped in conservative traditions.
My first electronic release, a collection of very laid-back, electronic dub drops. In the early seventies, reggae artists starting putting out instrumental and heavily processed song versions on the B sides of their singles. Extensive use of reverb and delay with an emphasis on a melodic bassline created a laid-back, ambient form of reggae. This became known as dub.
JA Clift (Pty) Ltd was founded in 1906 and is the oldest monumental and granite contracting businesses in southern Africa. I was contracted to capture the granite processing, from the quarry up on the Paarl mountain to the factory in Concordia Street in Paarl.
A collection of 10 electronic songs. “Very reminiscent of both Massive Attack and Air,” wrote Future Music in the UK. “The production is top notch. The thick pads give a really nice, relaxed, almost meditative quality to the album, and this is only enhanced by the vocals.”