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Apr
20th
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Tim Gerges shoots a kid he's never met. This kid made the most amazing gestures.

Tim Gerges shoots a kid he’s never met. This kid made the most amazing gestures.

Timothy Gerges is moving to Cape Town. This is a real pity, because I only met him yesterday.

As a going away party, Tim hired Glow Studios in Illovo for the day with an open invitation to friends and strangers to come and have their portraits taken.

Gareth and Levon had mentioned Tim a few times, and I have always wanted to do a portrait shoot for myself, plus Gareth and Brad were going to be there too, so I wouldn’t be a total stranger.

Turns out I got there before Gareth and Brad, and got talking to Tim.

I came with the preconceived idea that to make a magical portrait, you have to know your subject intimately, in order to capture their nuance. Embarrassingly, I shared this opinion with Tim. He just smiled and began shooting.

I had some idea of what I wanted my portraits to be. Not smiley. Serious. Pensive. Raw. Real.

Tim didn’t give much direction, bar telling me where to stand and where to position my shoulders. He let me just be me, sensing I knew what I wanted to portray.

We reviewed the shots after and I was blown away. I can’t wait to share them.

My invalid belief that there needs to be a pre-existent relationship between photographer and subject for great portraiture to occur was shattered. What there needs to be is trust. Rapport.

We spent the rest of the afternoon watching Tim shoot mutual friends and strangers. Friends were often shy in front of the camera, while strangers were exuberant. Tim directed the friends, got them to open up. He lapped up the enthusiam of strangers. My preconceived ideas were erased with every review of the contact sheet by ecstatic subjects.

There were some over-exuberant friends too: Gareth ripped his pants during a jump shot! Needless to say, Tim got the shot, anyway.

I felt amazed and inspired by the control gained by shooting in a studio. I’m thankful for the lesson learnt.

Thank you Tim Gerges! Good luck in Cape Town!

Tim Gerges Portrait Day #TimGergesPortraitDay @timgerges Timothy Gerges is moving to Cape Town. This is a real pity, because I only met him yesterday.
Apr
19th
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Spent the afternoon watching @timothygerges shooting portraits. Tim shot friends, but the studio was open to walk-ins too. I had never met Tim before today, but had heard his name mentioned by Levon and Gareth. We chatted for a moment before my shots we made. I was stoked with the results. I became more and more in awe as Tim made portraits of strangers, getting them to trust him. I said to him at the beginning of the shoot “It must be quite difficult to shoot someone you don’t know.”  This has always been my perception, and has often hindered me when it comes to photographing strangers. This false belief has now been obliterated. Thank you for the lesson, Tim.  (at Glow Studio)

Spent the afternoon watching @timothygerges shooting portraits. Tim shot friends, but the studio was open to walk-ins too. I had never met Tim before today, but had heard his name mentioned by Levon and Gareth. We chatted for a moment before my shots we made. I was stoked with the results. I became more and more in awe as Tim made portraits of strangers, getting them to trust him. I said to him at the beginning of the shoot “It must be quite difficult to shoot someone you don’t know.” This has always been my perception, and has often hindered me when it comes to photographing strangers. This false belief has now been obliterated. Thank you for the lesson, Tim. (at Glow Studio)

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Gareth (at Hokkaido)

Gareth (at Hokkaido)

Apr
15th
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#PoolPollution and what @Instagram should do about it

Every now and then, Instagram does a feature on a particular hashtag, both on their Instagram feed and their blog. This is often to highlight a particularly creative project (#WillItBeard, #Martina_Fiat500) or a roundup of Instameets from around the world.

Today, Instagram featured #VodaWalkas part of their roundup. As a contributor to the hashtag, I have a vested interest. Read more about…

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Apr
10th
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Social Media done right: Cerebra & Vodacom

Two weeks ago I was privileged to be invited along for an instawalk with Cerebra and Vodacom.

We took to the skies. We had sunset burgers and G&T’s on a downtown rooftop.

If you’ve ever doubted the power of social media, consider that this one afternoon yielded a pool of 194 photos, 183 @mentions from 35 unique Instagram sources, with a total combined online reach of 4 million people – 2.8…

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Apr
7th
Mon
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Melville Koppies Mission

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Silver Linings

Yesterday, Heather, myself and Thoban missioned up into the Melville Koppies.

These photos were made with my Canon 20D. It needs a sensor clean.

It was great getting out of the house for a while (I’d had my head stuck in the machine all day), and always great seeing Heather and hanging out with The Prophet.

We had quite the sunset. It’s the grand things like sunsets. It’s the…

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Mar
31st
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Music of the Moment: St. Lucia

Music of the Moment: St. Lucia @stlucianewyork #whenthenight

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Levon Lock recently introduced me to St. Lucia – we were driving to the Vodacom #Vodawalk when Lev played me “Elevate”. Lev said he loved the retro 80′s sound of St. Lucia. I said “they” remind me of Tears For Fears. Lev said “Who?”.

I downloaded the album “When The Night” the next day. I love it. The production is amazing.

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Mar
23rd
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17th
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Converge | #irenepopupmeet

Converge | #irenepopupmeet