Photographing farmers

Let’s be honest, men (in general) do not like to be photographed. Then you add a ‘farmer’ to the equation and you get the next level of photo phobia! Their fear of a camera is almost palpable! Those sweat droplets from above the brow are usually not because it’s a hot day…it’s the picture of… Read More

Harry Gwala Agri’s mentorship Program with Bruce Allwood: Avo’s

Harry Gwala Agri is an NGO and has partnered with a number of commercial farmers in the Harry Gwala District. These farmers offer an 18 month work experience and mentorship program for the Agriculture students of Esayidi TVET College in Umzimkulu. I’ll be working with Harry Gwala Agri in the coming months and will be… Read More

Loch Buighe Farm Operations: The Farm Mechanic

After a morning of shooting potatoes (!), I popped my head into the workshop. One mustn’t forget the workshop! Without wheels on a farm, everything comes to a halt! I’ve been commissioned to document Loch Buighe farm in Ixopo this year, capturing the various operations,  its employees at work and the landscapes. I love this… Read More

New Avo farming Development in Ixopo KwaZulu-Natal

For much of the Ixopo and Highflats agricultural history, dairy farming and timber have dominated this area. A few years ago, citrus was introduced and now Avo farming is about to take off too. I had the pleasure of photographing the first major commercial avo development happening, implemented by Craig Macfarlane of Ixopo. On this… Read More