Archive for October, 2010

Last week I hung out with my gym partner and friend, Michelle, and her two boys Alex and Matt. Alex has the.bluest.eyes.ever and Matt is such a cutie! We did a little session at the beach. Super serious fun. The weather turned ugly on us, but all that meant is that the boys got to eat ice cream sooner than later.

Thanks Williams and Co. for having me along :)




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Yesterday our survey trip to Burundi was approved, and now I am googling.

Safety in Burundi

Life in Burundi

The history of Burundi

Visas for Burundi

Yellow fever vaccinations

Giving infants the Yellow Fever vaccination

Kidnappings, Burundi

Basic French phrases

Dear Google, will we survive?

Just kidding on the last one. That one I asked God.



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Because I love yah, I thought it was high-time I show you what it looks like around my city. If you don’t already live here that is. Today we are driving to the mall. The roadways I take to any of the malls here in Durban are laced with informal settlements and a staunch reminder of those living below the bread line. Prepare yourself for some less than stellar photography, “moving vehicle” being a whole new genre for me. All in the name of love. Ok, let’s get started.

Leaving my neighborhood. The peg legged beggar and his wife are always at this intersection.

I HATE this intersection. It takes between 5 and 30 minutes to get through because of all the trucks. Often the “robots” or traffic lights are not working. Total chaos!

Have some trash/rubbish in your car? Give it to this guy along with a tip.

About 5 ks away from the mall. Both sides of the road host neighborhoods like this. I like this one because of the garden.

A super-duper specialist hospital you can only get into if you were refered by another hospital.

Pulling in.

We’re here! Feel like shopping? I don’t.



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Today I have been trying to organize thousands of photos. With all our traveling, switching up my editing work flow, and the craziness of two kids… files have gotten splattered all over my computer like jam splats on the floor. All of that led me to re-visiting this moment. What a beauty. I hope families realize the importance of documenting births and even life near its end. We had to beg someone to take this first photo for us, and in the end our anesthesiologist took it. I would love to be there to document birth stories for families who are willing to take me where no-one else gets to go, so that you can always remember how the journey began. Here are some beautiful examples of birth stories by Jonathan Canlas, an amazing photographer who shoots in film.

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Yesterday I got to go on a nature walk ALONE. This does not happen often. I am always surrounded by my boys, and I do love them, but I also love having breaks from them!

I found this spider underneath a waterfall and couldn’t help myself!

Then there was this glorious Quiver Tree. The heart of Africa.

Then there was a much more relaxed me.

The end.

Happy weekend.


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His work is inspiring long after his death.

His life was legendary.

Plus, he wrote things like this:

“To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces and record the qualities of nature and humanity which live or are latent in all things.”

“The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print the performance.”

“The only things in my life that compatibly exists with this grand universe are the creative works of the human spirit.”

“There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.”

“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.”

“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”

“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.’

“A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into. “

“A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.”

“Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter. “

Ansel Adams

To read an article about his work and life, and to view some of his images, click here.

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Hi there.

Coffee Guy is MCing this event for like the bah-zillionth time in a row. He always comes home after its over with no voice. It’s so much fun to hang out with the Durban baristas and shop owners as they compete for the regionals win. I used to be a Durban coffee shop owner, but I gladly opted out two years ago and picked up a camera instead. I still cheer hard for the guys though!

This is Dirk. We taught him how to make coffee when he was just a baby. Now he’s a big shot.

See, big shot.

Smiling while the judges look on. Acting like a… big shot.

Fancy pants big shot… Here’s his “coffee daddy” and current boss, lookin’ nervous for him.

Yeah, enough with the big shots. How about tuckered out babies!

And pretty coffee equipment!

And coffee…

View em all (oh yeah, there’s more!) on Flickr.


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