Brousse-le-Chateaux, the prettiest village in France

Interviewer: Brousse-le-Chateaux, by the river Tarn in Aveyron, is supposed to be one of the prettiest villages in France. You went there, with your wife and children and grandchildren, on a perfect August day, blue skies and sunshine, not a cloud in the sky – what does that mean for you, as a photographer? Do…

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La Fon del Mas, Aveyron

I will not tell you what the rude son of our hosts – he was not with us in France, but his dad related the story with much relish – called the tiny hamlet of La Fon del Mas, which you pass through on the way down the hill from the Thompson’s house, below, into…

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The Village Fete at Coupiac

I can think of no better way of expressing the joy and delight we experienced in France, on our recent holiday, reconnecting with family, relishing the countryside, with its steep hills and winding narrow roads, its rivers and old stone villages, enjoying the food and wine and the excellent company, than by sharing these images…

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‘SH’ at Seabreeze, Bree Street, Cape Town

I couldn’t resist sharing this one shot, taken from our table outside on the pavement at a great seafood restaurant, Seabreeze on Bree Street close to the Bo-Kaap area in Cape Town: a sash window propped up with an empty bottle of good Cape bubbly, the couple in conversation inside, and ‘SH’ telling us all…

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66, Cape Vidal

No, 66 Cape Vidal is not an address. 66 is the age I turned yesterday; Cape Vidal, or somewhere like it – open skies, wide open spaces, carefree and at ease like the geezer with his fishing rod – is where I should have been on my birthday. Needless to say, I wasn’t. Just another…

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Hippos of St Lucia

There are more than just hippos in the St Lucia wetlands – try crocs, for instance. Between them, the hippos and the crocs make swimming a little … unhygienic, shall we say. In any case, not good for your health. Rob and I visited in 2012, and though we saw more than a few crocs…

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Brussels in Black-and-White

Brussels in colour, as I wrote in my post last week, says something about the city’s vibrancy, diversity, liveliness, charm. Brussels in Black-and-White offers an alternative view, a different kind of feeling, depending of course on the subject matter, composition and that kind of thing. Here is a different view of the Grand Place from…

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Colourful Brussels

Me: I was in Brussels last week, as you know from my last post, on a four day visit, arriving on Saturday, late afternoon, and leaving at sparrowfart on Wednesday morning. That meant a day-and-a-bit of sightseeing, followed by two eleven hour days of meetings and discussions focused on the EU Youth Guarantee, and the…

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Bird photographer at dawn

I will be in Brussels when this post appears, traveling for a few days on business. To keep the customers satisfied, I have scheduled this post in my absence: a photograph of a solitary photographer, reflected through the reeds, in the mirror-like waters of the vlei at Marievale – a mirror of myself, in a…

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Sandton – corporate heaven, human hell?

Interviewer: Sandton – corporate heaven, human hell? That’s a bit over the top, isn’t it? Me: It is. And the hyperbole is intentional. Sandton – the business centre that migrated north from the old, downtown Johannesburg CBD, screams excess in every aspect. It is a place where corporate offices jostle to make a bigger, louder,…

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Dusk, Kalk Bay – the follow-on

Interviewer: Last time we spoke, you ducked out of answering questions about this image. Perhaps this time you’d oblige? (Click on images to enlarge) Me: Ok. Ambient light. Interviewer: Ambient light? Me: Yup. I don’t have a controlled light environment where I work, so the ambient light has a big effect on how I perceive…

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Dusk, Kalk Bay

Interviewer: Dusk at Kalk Bay – tell me about this image. (PS click on the image to enlarge). Me: No. Not right now, anyway. Rob and I are getting packed and heading out shortly to spend the long weekend – it’s the Youth Day weekend, here in South Africa – in the Magaliesberg. Interviewer: Ah!…

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