Old guy from Alexandra Township

Monday, August 25th, 2014

I recently took another short photo walk around the township of Alexandra here in Johannesburg, South Africa.  There’s always something going on with the hustle and bustle of people flowing in and out of the houses and alleyways.  This old guy approached me and was very eager to get his picture taken.  This is him.

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Felix Arguelles & Manny Santiago

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

I shot this photo at the very first Maloof Money Cup in South Africa.  It was quite a wild experience and I have to say one of the best photographic jobs I have ever had.  Being a life long skateboarder and not only seeing but also getting to photograph some of the top professionals from around the world, how could it not be.  Felix Arguelles(left) was a top pro from back in my days of skating and here he is with Manny Santiago(right), one of the top pros from today.  Manny has become a high-light for the spectators here in South Africa for what is now known as the Kimberley Diamond Cup, he’s always having a good time, even if he’s competing in the final.

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Old Lady of Johannesburg

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

I shot this portrait quite a few years back of this Zulu lady in Johannesburg, South Africa.  She was definitely a character and loved having her photo taken.

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Brothers

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

I just found this photo in my archives today of the 2 brothers from Malawi that did most of the renovation work on our home.  We’re forever thankful for the great work they did.  On the left is “Evans” and on the right is “Size”.

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Kimberley Street Kid.

Monday, March 25th, 2013

The downtown area of Kimberley is quite small, no tall sky scrapers or anything like that.  It does have something in common with most large downtown areas such as that of Johannesburg and Cape Town, Street Kids.  They walk the streets at night looking for a fix, whatever drugs they can find to help them through their lives.  No parents and no home to go to, they sleep pretty much where ever they can.  We came acoss this kid that asked the security guard at the Post Office is he could sleep right there on the stairs.  She said she felt sorry for him so she gave him a piece of bread which you can see in the photos.  I have no idea how old this kid is but he had Tattoos on his leg and another guard told us that this kid had been into some of the heaviest drugs the night before…  Apparently he ran away from home and then ran away from the ‘safe haven’ as well, left to lurk the streets of Kimberley, steeling stuff to sell for drugs.  Quite a sad story.

Braydon Szafranski and Garrett Hill on Safari

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Being a photographer at the Maloof Money Cup is definitely a great experience, watching the pros skate and getting to shoot photos with them is such a pleasure!  I spent more time this year hanging out with the guys and gettin to know them a little better.  It seriously helps for the photography side of things and you are no longer just some random guy shooting photos.  I took Braydon and Garrett to see the Lions at a sanctuary just outside of Kimberley…  All the animals on this farm were pretty much rescued from being hunted.  There are many ‘canned’ Lion Hunting farms around Kimberley, it’s absolutely disgusting on every level.  I was really stoked to take these guys to this farm and see that there are still people trying to do some kind of good out there.  Braydon was definitely not too sure about being in the cage with the Lions, as you can see…  Garrett didn’t mind it too much!  Braydon did teach a small Bat Eared Fox about Ozzy Osbourne though…

 

Braydon Szafranski

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

It was definitely a privelage to meet and hang out with Braydon at the recent Maloof Money Cup here in South Africa.  Nice to see a pro-skater that get’s involved with everything that’s goin on with the locals.  I think my favorite memory was walking across from our hotel to the campsite late one night to see what was goin on.  There were kids everywhere, just goin crazy!  We walked to the back of the campsite where some locals had formed a huge cirlce around some burning tyres!  The scene was insaen and I’m sorry now that I never took my camera with me.  Kids were standing around the tyres as the smoke bellowed into the skies above and some other brave dudes started jumping over the tyres, through the flames!  Once the locals realised that Braydon was there, they went comepletely nuts!  Once again, so cool to see a famous guy just hangin out and getting the locals stoked!  Braydon even joined the craziness and jumped through the towering flames and thick black smoke which got the locals goin even more!  Here are a couple portraits I shot with Braydon during some “free time” away from the skating and all the craziness.

Zebra & Giraffe in Studio…

Friday, June 12th, 2009

I recently took some pictures for these guys in a friends studio.  I’m pretty sure this is one of my favorites.

Donkeys of Botswana

Monday, April 20th, 2009

These are a couple shots I took of some Donkeys and their owners in Botswana.  There are a lot to be seen along the Trans-Kalahari Freeway that stretches right through Botswana.  If you ever get the chance to drive here, be careful, there are no fences and you can see Vultures feeding on dead Donkeys that have been hit by trucks or cars!

Sarah Jeggle

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

I shot this picture of Sarah next to a spot light at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa.