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wistful in williamsburg

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stunning murals and graffiti pervade williamsburg

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ribbons and locks

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people have attached locks to brooklyn bridge, sealing a wish or their love in the lock before throwing the key in the river.
there’re so many more than 2011! though people seemed to have switched to ribbons after locks collapsed pont des arts bridge in paris

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gathering point

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the bustling trafalgar square, london

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the red tug

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a red tug in rotterdam harbor (the largest port in europe)

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vredespaleis

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a peak at the peace palace in the hague

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reflection

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a ride next to a canal in delft, netherlands

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it's electric!

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electric cars are real! such a pleasant shock to find many sidewalk charging stations helping to turn this myth into a reality. amsterdam aims for 10,000 electric cars by 2015...

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flowerman

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he sells these plastic flowers on the street-side, and no matter how cheap or crummy they look, his smile convinces you that they are just what you want, just what you need, and that they will solve any problem. his name is crichead and he’s from the eastern cape. when summer comes, he plans to sell window shades: “because everyone has flowers in their car now!”

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king of flowers

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the king protea is a pleasant sighting while hiking

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cape twilight

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madiba

2013_12Dec_05

2013_12Dec_06

i sag against my work’s wall upon hearing.
shock, relief, despair, happiness, hope
hope for the country to forge a new image
a moment granted to let go of the previous one
and all its attachments

the warmth of his smile and his being
instant trust
all the hopes we held, poured into this person, our hero
flawed and human, yet so obviously not
a symbol holding such different dreams, with such poise

i met him once, in a box, at the ballet,
thinking about it, don’t think i even looked in his eyes, shy as i was
though felt the strength
behind his soft voice and in his firm hands,
as they wrote, to inspire another
who hadn’t yet grasped the import of this man
for himself:
simply led by others’ awe

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sadu in smoke

a sadu stands watch over cremations at pashupathinath temple, kathmandu

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diaz beach outlook

dani watches a storm approach - it was on us in 30 minutes!
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signs of village life

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one of the universal symbols of village life are the most colourful, beautiful women carrying wood home on their heads
these ladies are from dambwa village, livingstone, zambia

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time in 2D

so the mathematics of photography brings 3 dimensions into a flat photograph. how bout bringing the 4th dimension of time in as well. here, i turn time lapses into single images. lets approach infinity:

2013 Timein2D 2 (1)

2013 Timein2D 5

2013 Timein2D 1

2013 Timein2D 4

2013 Timein2D 2

2013 Timein2D 3

2013 Timein2D 1 (1)

2013_08Aug_10

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walking upwards

i’ve been taking these odd upwards panoramas for a while - perhaps time to use them…

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a sample of students

a few members of the sustainability institute class of 2013
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tempting offer

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in search of a new owner

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adorned bridges

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i’m sensing a theme, but decorated bridges definitely break the structural monotony

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solitary sax

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a lone busker on the highline, nyc

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star spangled banner

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the star spangled banner flown by the lynx (a long ship)

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urban greenery

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rutland & washington community garden, boston

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teenage balloon ninja turtle

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these balloon guys are so good - they can make anything

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times square juxta

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such an understated remark on our society.
he stood with a calm face, slightest of acquiescent nods for a picture, and a static, 2D, monochromatic sign with which to do battle with the neons of times square

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nyc dusk

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sundown over union square

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violin

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ernesto llorens plays violin in the strong acoustics under the pavilion by bethesda fountain

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waiting together

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tom otterness’ underground characters keep commuters company

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grey fixation

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a view of midtown and the manhattan bridge

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niagara

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niagara falls, canada side

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water break

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the abandoned station at clovelly makes a nice contrast with the water

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union square edition

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the wand and eternal timepiece

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doorway daydreaming

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the boatbuilders

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in jamestown

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the local fishmonger

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in jamestown

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daughters of the holy mami

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introduced as the daughters of the holy mami in djodje village, they facilitate a pouring of libations as you enter their compound. They also aid the holy mami in communicating with the resident ghosts in order to extend protection, heal or inspire members of the community.

The woman on the left is holding an icon of her deceased twin sister. "She takes her everywhere she goes. To dine, to wash, to pray."
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First Image I felt this needed a follow up. So much of the warmth and chemistry exuded by the wonderful people i've met here disappears when a camera is raised. Here there exists quite a formal relationship between the camera and subject, which contradicts our western demands or desires to 'smile for the camera.' Still i find that the visual solemnity of many of my subjects tells a different tale to our engagement.

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expert with a machete

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quiet contemplation

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much speculation as to his contemplation (with the view of this contentious icon of human indecency);
this was a unique moment to see a ghanaian take solitary time away from the bustling market or social arenas

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cape coast castle

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the open geometry of these colonial forts hides their finality: a dark tunnel leads to the door of no return

(through which slaves were taken to board ships, perhaps escaping the hell of the dungeons, but for an uncertain and restricted future)

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kakum national park

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view from the canopy walk in kakum national park - a truly unique experience of being in the canopy, at once still and busy, silent and clamorous, one and many

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farmhouse

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second pool

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the second pool at retief's kloof - end of the water slide!

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sacred flight

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sacred ibis take flight in the tswaing impact crater

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to simonstown

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view from glen cairn towards simonstown

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atiwa bamboo

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though protected, people’s lives still rely on the forest

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fisherwoman

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charity spent a few hours on the lake, but there were no bites

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gathering energy

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a woman gathers wood for her home down the hill

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maize vendor

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a woman sells corn kernels at the market in asesewa, eastern region

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line fishing on the volta

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boat through time

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a longtime exposure of the water and stars in ada foah

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valley of rock and brush

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the swartberg pass is definitely where tolkien got his inspiration for lord of the rings. (you know he was born in SA?)


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iced perch

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a few santa-gnomes wait on my family’s traditional gingerbread house - the trick is to steal a bit without being seen...


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perched

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this baby mantis tries to catch flies while balanced on a crayfish antenna


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follow the bottle cap trail | 11 december, 2012
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more bottle caps than shells, i’m sad to say...


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200 years of character | 30 november, 2012
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i’ve passed this house a few times and it stands out from the colourful neat houses of bo kaap. some say it’s run down - i say it has character. the owner, born and raised in this house, youngest of six siblings, tells me it was built by her family just over 200 years ago.
this is my 365th “photo a day” - i’ve been running this for only (already!) 1 year!

bo kaap, cape town | location
pentax k-r | 23mm | 1/60 | f/29 | iso400 |
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the view | 24 november, 2012
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victor overlooks the lights of cape town

signal hill, cape town | location
pentax k-r | 18mm | 1.6s | f/18 | iso200 |
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lighting | definition | 8 picture merge | hdr toning |
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popping purple | 14 november, 2012
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jacaranda trees line the roads of joburg. in november the whole city is purple! as you drive over the fallen flowers, they go crackle and pop under your wheels…

northcliff, johannesburg | location
pentax k-r | 28mm | 1/125 | f/11 | iso400 |
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lighting | definition | colour highlight |
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cave seclusion | 10 november, 2012
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watching the stars swirl over kommetjie from a cave in chapmans peak

chapman’s peak, cape town | location
pentax k-r | 18mm | 668.3s | f/6.3 | iso200 |
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shark spotter | 9 november, 2012
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ashley spends 4 days a week sitting above fish hoek bay to watch for great white sharks in the area

noordhoek, cape town | location
pentax k-r | 18mm | 1/400 | f/8 | iso200 |
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2 photo merge | definition |
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camps pool | 7 november, 2012
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a windy day at the camps bay pool

camps bay, cape town | location
pentax k-r | 18mm | 1/500 | f/11 | iso400 |
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make a wish | 31 october, 2012
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anthony part times as a genie; the almighty power is nice, but the hours really suck

green point, cape town | location
pentax k-r | 18mm | 1/25 | f/22 | iso200 |
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lamp-lit | 30 october, 2012
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zach plays for the wind under a street-lamp

, cape town | location
pentax k-r | 21mm | 1/25 | f/4 | iso3200 |
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lighting | definition | exposure adjustment |
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weather lamp | 29 october, 2012
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little do most know that the tablecloth comes from a magic lamp and not from orographic cloud formation, as previously thought

city bowl, cape town | location
pentax k-r | 28mm | 1/60 | f/22 | iso200 |
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lighting | definition | hdr toning |
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barrel races | 27 october, 2012
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the barrel races brought such a great turnout to the bot river hotel

, cape town | location
pentax k-r | 18mm | 1/50 | f/22 | iso200 |
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stay on the path | 24 october, 2012
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the rocky lane that stretches over the top of table mountain

table mountain, cape town | location
pentax k-r | 18mm | 1/500 | f/8 | iso400 |
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slum to city | 18 october, 2012
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downtown cape town and its surrounds

city bowl, cape town | location
pentax k-r |18mm | 1/800 | f/8 | iso800 |
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lighting | definition | 3 photo merge |
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what do you see? | 15 october, 2012
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experimenting on self portraiture with a quick eye exam

green point, cape town | location
pentax k-r | 55mm | 1/125 | f/8 | iso200 |
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decorative escape | 29 september, 2012
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this mural breaks the monotony of the post-war apartments

de waal drive, cape town | location
pentax k-r | 21mm | 1/500 | f/7.1 | iso200 |
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on the run | 23 september, 2012
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literally thousands of people flock together for the 10km run around cape town (the cape town marathon took place in the other direction)

main road, greenpoint, cape town | location
pentax k-r | 18mm | 1/40 | f/6.3 | iso800 |
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lighting | definition | colour isolation | blue tint | warmer white balance |
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hout bay hide-away | 22 september, 2012
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one of the most beautiful bays in cape town

hout bay, from chapmans peak , cape town | location
pentax k-r | 18mm | 1/800 | f/9 | iso200 |
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3 photo panorama | lighting | hdr structuring |
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turbulent tide | 21 september, 2012
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the swells from beachfront down the west coast

atlantic coast, cape town | location
pentax k-r | 42mm | 1/3200 | f/4.5 | iso800 |
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definition | saturation |
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dancing with waves | 15 september, 2012
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charl catches a wave on his skimboard at clifton

clifton beach 4, cape town | location
pentax k-r | 40mm | 1/1000 | f/7.1 | iso200 |
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bubbles! | 14 september, 2012
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a random party on lion’s head draws a girl with bubbles

location , cape town | location
pentax k-r | 24mm | 1/125 | f/8 | iso200 |
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african enterprise | 10 september, 2012
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suleiman gandhi matoto, 10 year cape tonian, formerly of DRC, stands by his taxi - the second day of his new business, and eager for a fare

main road, greenpoint, cape town | location
pentax k-r | 31mm | 1/125 | f/20 | iso200 |
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lighting | definition | colour isolation | warmer white balance |
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strong hand | 6 september, 2012
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while taking in some sun, kaya’s hand strikes me as strong but delicate. he’s a painter who sells his work at camps bay.

camps bay beach, cape town | location
pentax k-r | 40mm | 1/100 | f/29 | iso400 |
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beach cleaner | 21 august, 2012
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a man removes the washed up kelp from fish hoek beach - but i always liked that sharp seaweed smell!

fish hoek, cape town | location
pentax k-r | 55mm | 1/640 | f/8 | iso200 |
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crop | lighting |
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st james beach | 20 august, 2012
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the train shooting past my childhood beach gives a good view of pool, rocks and changing rooms

st james, cape town | location
pentax k-r | 18mm | 1/640 | f/8 | iso200 |
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the curtain opens | 16 august, 2012
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i walk past this construction site quite often and today the screen opens and out step these bright dusty figures

main road, cape quarter, cape town | location
pentax k-r | 28mm | 1/640 | f/4 | iso400 |
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crop | lighting | gamma vignette |
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droplet collectors | 15 august, 2012
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rain makes flowers so much more interesting as photographic subjects

rondebosch, cape town | location
pentax k-r | 28mm | 1/60 | f/5 | iso200 |
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impermanent decoration | 8 august, 2012
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he passes the time on the train with some doodling

metrorail train, cape town | location
pentax k-r | 55mm | 1/100 | f/5.6 | iso3200 |
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flying dinosaur | 5 july, 2012
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a hadeda (official spelling - who knew?) flaps over kirstenbosch botanical gardens

kirstenbosch, cape town | location
pentax k-r | 55mm | 1/200 | f/13 | iso200 |
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crop | lighting | sepia colour |
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braai-master | 28 june, 2012
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thatho stokes the fire at mzoli’s, a butcher and braai place popular in gugulethu

gugulethu, cape town | location
pentax k-r | 32mm | 1/40 | f/4 | iso800 |
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colgate smile | 27 june, 2012
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aubrey takes the weather in stride and shows me some dance moves with his broom

seapoint , cape town | location
pentax k-r | 55mm | 1/160 | f/11 | iso400 |
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protea in the rain | 6 june, 2012
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rainwater settles on this protea, national flower of south africa

platteklip gorge, table mountain, cape town | location
pentax k-r | 32mm | 1/1250 | f/5.6 | iso200 |
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moody rose | 26 may, 2012
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a bright rose makes stark contrast to the rainy skies over bot river

beaumont wines, bot river, western cape | location
pentax k-r | 23mm | 1/500 | f/5 | iso200 |
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flowing falls | 13 may, 2012
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water seems timeless as it flows over its rocks and into the pool, where it splashes then ripples

walter sisulu botanical garden, roodepoort, gauteng, s africa | location
pentax k-r | 50mm | 1/8 | f/25 | iso200 |
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rutland rd | 3 may, 2012
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my favorite street in johannesburg: green in summer, brown in winter, purple in spring

rutland road, parktown, johannesburg | location
pentax k-r | 23mm | 1/50 | f/9 | iso400 |
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secure in greenery 2 | 20 april, 2012
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what a beautiful city… protected day and night

7th street, parktown north, johannesburg | location
pentax k-r | 18mm | 1/320 | f/7.1 | iso200 |
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lost in a swish of cloth | 1 april, 2012
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a local dancer twirls as the drums beat faster

maumasaniya village, madhya pradesh, india | location
pentax k-r | 32mm | 1/500 | f/4 | iso1600 |
camera
lighting | colour isolation | vibrancy |
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washer-girl | 28 march, 2012
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when not herding buffalo, kaluti ahariwari washes her family’s clothes at the river crossing

maumasaniya village, madhya pradesh, india | location
pentax k-r | 42mm | 1/500 | f/4.5 | iso200 |
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when i grow up | 23 march, 2012
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farangi singh’s favorite spot is his daddy’s tractor seat

maumasaniya village, madhya pradesh, india | location
pentax k-r | 50mm | 1/500 | f/10 | iso200 |
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india in essence | 21 march, 2012
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though it is of kids, i think this photo captures the essential challenge of encouraging social change in india.
tilak singh and sister

maumasaniya village, madhya pradesh, india | location
pentax k-r | 40mm | 1/200 | f/4.5 | iso200 |
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the hay truck | 3 march, 2012
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as seen from a train, these farmers have long dispensed with ox-carts

near the train from trivandrum to kanniyakumari, india | location
pentax k-r | 55mm | 1/1000 | f/5.6 | iso800 |
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lighting | definition | more contrast |
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resting in the waves | 22 february, 2012
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an outrigger on morjim beach

morjim beach, goa, india | location
pentax k-r | 26mm | 1/250 | f/14 | iso200 |
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throwing his net | 18 february, 2012
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fisherman off the beach of fort cochin

fort cochin beach, cochin, kerala, india | location
pentax k-r | 31mm | 1/200 | f/11 | iso200 |
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contrast city with citizen | 7 february, 2012
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this woman sits placidly watching passers-by and adjusts her shawl slightly before permitting a photo

back alleys, jodhpur, rajasthan, india | location
pentax k-r | 40mm | 1/125 | f/11 | iso400 |
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balloons and ruins | 4 february, 2012
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the birthday party moves through the ruins of an the sayyid dynasty - the last hindu dynasty in delhi. the ruins are over 500 years old

lodhi gardens, new delhi, india | location
pentax k-r | 38mm | 1/125 | f/7.1 | iso400 |
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napping in the gardens | 3 february, 2012
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a man rests on an adjacent bench in front of shah jahan’s palace

red fort, old delhi, india | location
pentax k-r | 55mm | 1/400 | f/5.6 | iso200 |
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playground | 29 january, 2012
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this garbage pile serves the triple role of back yard, toilet and playground

banganga area, malabar hill, mumbai, india | location
pentax k-r | 31mm | 1/800 | f/5.6 | iso200 |
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lighting | definition | more contrast | colour isolation |
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woman of pink | 27 january, 2012
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the first observation about india: dirty streets, colourful people

colaba area, mumbai, india | location
pentax k-r | 18mm | 1/500 | f/3.5 | iso400 |
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climbing snake | 24 january, 2012
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this vivid snake makes an appearance in a cubby of chiang mai’s central temple

outside wat phra singh, chiang mai, thailand | location
pentax k-r | 55mm | 1/400 | f/8 | iso400 |
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darkness repelled | 23 january, 2012
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our guide lights an outcropping with her oil lamp

chiang dao caves, chiang mai province, thailand | location
pentax k-r | 23mm | 1/40 | f/4 | iso1600 |
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lighting | warmer white balance |
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as the locals do | 11 january, 2012
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wat chalong captured in my scooter’s mirror

wat chalong, phuket, thailand | location
pentax k-r | 20mm | 1/1000 | f/5 | iso200 |
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crop | lighting |
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king of accra

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a statue of king tackie tawiah, head of the ga state from 1862 to 1902

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texture of rwanda

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flying into kigali

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awaiting a buyer

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she tells me of her day of waiting - unusually quiet - “now buy some for me.”

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part of kibera

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First Image the largest slum in africa hugs the hill and stretches around to the right. click the pano for a larger image.

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bogobiri guitarist

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such a happy performer, would offer constant smiles to our bobbing heads

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texture of lagos

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flying into lagos, see the island business center in the distance

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smoky fishermen

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fishermen of kalk bay, cape town

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contemplation

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mathieu plans his next chess move

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atrium of airborne flowers

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at the chihuly museum

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paint palette

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found among the beach debris, whidbey

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patchwork

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a ladybug meets freud's couch in toronto

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chicago

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the city of chicago, balanced on the edge of the enormous lake michigan

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