Staying Home during the Lockdown – Day 10

Staying Home during the Lockdown – Day 10

It is Day 10 of the Covid-19 lockdown, here in South Africa, and autumn is in the air in Johannesburg. It has been an intense week of work, and the calm and quiet are strangely welcome. I say strangely, because the times are not normal, and we stay home not by choice but because we [...]

What to do in a lock-down?

What to do in a lock-down?

What to do in a lock-down? This is a question to myself, you'll be glad to hear, not another of those claims to instant expertise, sunny wisdom, righteous outrage or uniquely personal angst or fear that seem to be spreading around the globe with the speed and virulence of, well, a Coronavirus or a Donald [...]

Rosendal, Eastern Free State – Four Black-and-White Photographs

Rosendal, Eastern Free State – Four Black-and-White Photographs

Rosendal, in the Eastern Free State, is a small village with big skies. Rob and I drove down on New Year's Day, from Johannesburg, taking our lives in our hands over the last twenty or thirty kilometres of dangerously potholed roads, a legacy of Ace Magashule's thieving and mendacious premiership of the province. Then you [...]

Mausoleums of the Sultans – Hagia Sofia, Istanbul

Mausoleums of the Sultans – Hagia Sofia, Istanbul

In the grounds of the Hagia Sofia in Istanbul are the exquisite mausoleums of three Sultans - Mahmut I, Murat III and Selim II. Here are three images, in black-and-white, that express something I hope of what I saw and felt. A woman at prayer, a sleeping cat, a pair of shoes by an entrance. [...]

William Kentridge at the Norval in Cape Town

William Kentridge at the Norval in Cape Town

William Kentridge, as you perhaps know, is one of South Africa's foremost artists, and his spectacular exhibition of sculptures and artefacts at the no less spectacular Norval art museum in Cape Town is simply not to be missed. These images, in black and white, are less about representation of Kentridge's works than a form of [...]

L’Eglise Romane St Martin at Plaisance

L’Eglise Romane St Martin at Plaisance

The 12th century L'Eglise Romane St Martin dominates not only the small village of Plaisance in Aveyron but the surrounding valleys. No matter from where you approach the village, it seems, there is the squat Norman tower atop its hillside, holding dominion. We visited on a bright, sunny day - blue skies, green hillsides - [...]

Bathers, Ambialet

Bathers, Ambialet

We walked across the bridge, at Ambialet, another of those beautiful little villages in Aveyron, France, to have lunch with the Thompson's. The weather was hot, the sunlight was blinding, and in the river Tarn, below, these women were bathing. Click on the image to enlarge

Tom

Tom

Taken in colour, these images of Tom, my grandson, with his father Gareth, are simply family photos - records of a moment, albeit a rather special moment, in Plaisance, France. But transformed into black-and-white, they become something else, at least to my mind - no longer family snaps but, hopefully, portraits, reflecting not only appearance [...]

Brousse-le-Chateaux, the prettiest village in France

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 [...]