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Penguins? In Africa?

So one of my favorite sights thus far have been the penguins. There is just something about the creatures that can melt your heart. They are so incredibly cute, and it’s always a shock to think that I’m hanging with these creatures on a beach in Africa. These birds are awkward on land, but amazingly fast and graceful in the water: amazing swimming companions when I manage to brave the chilly water for a quick dip. These were all taken at the famous Boulder’s Beach, near Simonstown.

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Road Trip

I recently took a break from my clinic work to take a road trip along the Garden Route, a long stretch of road that runs along South Africa’s southern coast. I was fully exposed to some of South Africa’s most diverse langscapes, from mountains, to wide open plains, to beautiful seashore. Here’s are some of my favorites.

Cape Agulhas lighthouse (Africa’s most southern point)on a stormy day:

The Cango Caves, a really neat set of formations hidden up in the Overberg Mountains:

And another set of pictures from the journey:

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Cape Town

I’ve finally arrived. After 4 long days running through airports and a whirlwind 2 day swing through London, I have made it in to Cape Town. I’ll be living and working here for the next 3 months (through the end of August), and am starting to branch out and explore this new place called home. For the next three months I’ll be working with the Desmond Tutu TB Center on an epidemiology project tracking the impact that tuberculosis and HIV jointly (called co-infection) are having on the populations in the townships of the region. I’ll spend time in the townships of Mzamomhle, Nyanga, Delft South, Nolungile (also known as Site C, Khayelitsha),Kuyasa (also known as Harare, Khayelitsha), Wallacedene, Kayamandi (near Stellenbosch in the west Coast Winelands subdistrict), Mbekweni and Phola Park. These should be some really different areas, and I’m excited for the chance to experience them all. South Africa is an amazingly diverse place, with 14 official languages and a host of different cultural influences. It’s so easy to get caught up in the Western European feel of central (and wealthy) Cape Town, so I’m very glad to get the chance to work in these other areas every day to get a feel for what the real Cape Town experience is like for the majority of the population here.

After living in Cape Town last year, I am actually reasonably familiar with many of the main attractions of this rather developed and touristy city. However, before I was staying in an English suburb called Rondebosch, a rather well-to-do area near the foot of Table Mountain, the dominating lone mountain that presides over all of the Cape Town landscape. This time however, I’m staying in Bellville, an Afrikaans area which is quite different. Ironically, I’ve had little use for the Xhosa that I’ve been trying to learn over the past 3 months, as most people speak either Afrikaans, English or Sutu. However, I’m sure I’ll get the chance as I branch out a little further during my stay. Anyway, enough with the travel essay for now. Most of you are here for the pictures…so here we go.

First a few from London. See if you can recognize any of the landmarks:

Next a group from Cape Town. These are a group from the waterfront area and Kamps Bay, one of my favorite beach areas, with the Atlantic on one side and Table Mountain on the other.

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  • ben chrisman - May 30, 2007 - 11:23 am

    have a great time Mr. Bang Bang! Be careful and see ya back home this Fall.


Matthew & Tracie | Stanford Memorial Church | Wedding | San Mateo History Museum

Matthew and Tracie had their wedding at the gorgeous Stanford Memorial Church, with the reception at the San Mateo History Museum. Both we just fantastic locations and I had a fantastic time working with the great architecture, mixed in with an energetic and fun group of people. Going to school at Stanford, I had been to the Memorial Church several times for various events, but this was my first time doing a wedding at the church, or around the Stanford campus. I have seen many photographers and couples wandering around the big arches and hallways around the central courtyard. It was fun to get the chance to make my own images from the area (and I think we did pretty well too). Matthew was an undergraduate and law student at Stanford, and there were a lot of other people from the Stanford community around the wedding- so it was a sentimental location for all involved.

The reception was fantastic too, with a great live band, and a really neat downtown location to work with for pictures. Thanks so much to Matthew and Tracie for the opportunity to shoot your weddings, and I hope you enjoy your trip to Costa Rica!

A full slideshow is available HERE.

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Echo & Jim | Family Portraits | Engagement | Bay Area

I met up with Jim and Echo at a beach in Marin and we came up with a set of really fun pictures. This was my first “engagement” shoot that involved kids…but hey, I always enjoy working on different projects- and this one turned out to be great. Thanks to Echo and Jim for the drive to this great location, and to Anthony and Dawnelle- my incredibly photogenic superstars. I can’t wait for the wedding in September.

Here’s a fun photo that I dug up of me hard at work. Gotta love being able to work with bare feet out on the beach.

A full slideshow is available HERE.

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Well, the time is almost at hand. After working all week to finish up with my last few weddings- I’m now on the final home stretch. I’ll be leaving for South Africa this Sunday, stopping off in London to see some friends of mine along the way.

I’ll be staying in the Cape Town area for a bit more than 3 months while working with the Desmond Tutu TB research center. They have some really interesting projects, and this should be a great opportunity for me to combine my love for Africa with experiences in public health and photography.

And, after the “work” is over in Cape Town I’ll be meeting up with my assistant Grant to go into Botswana for two weeks, where we’ll take pictures around the Okavango Delta and up into the Kalahari Desert. Should be lots of fun- and something really different from wedding photography. This is really something that I feel will help keep me passionate about what I do, and help to give me a new perspective on both life and photography. Be sure to check back to this blog often, as I’ll keep up with the entries- and while there will likely be fewer wedding photos for a while, I’m sure I’ll come up with some fun adventures.

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Alex & Natalia | Ralston Hall | Wedding

I just finished working on the images from Alex and Natalia’s wedding. Natalia is a wedding coordinator, and this beautiful wedding at Ralston Hall came together perfectly. Alex and Natalia paired together two fun and outgoing Latin families, and I had a great time working on my Spanish throughout the day. I must admit I was a bit rusty…but with a few more wedding like this (or a trip back to Mexico) I could be back to regular fluency in no time. Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the day. Congratulations to a great new couple!

Here’s the complete slideshow that I put together. SLIDESHOW

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  • Nicole - May 10, 2007 - 4:29 am

    Great pictures!