Posts Tagged ‘beautiful photography


Escape Monday: Neon Waterfalls

Waterfall7If there was ever a Monday I’d like to escape, it’s this one for deffos. My loyal readers might have noticed I didn’t post on Friday – that’s because not only am I swamped at work right now, but I’m sick as a dog.

I’ve posted waterfalls before for Escape Monday, but never ones like these. These images are the brainchild of Sean Lenz and Kristoffer Abildgaard who used a simple concept to get amazing results.

They call this technique “Neon Luminance” and it basically involved dropping multi-coloured, high-powered Cyalume glow sticks into waterfalls and photographing the results on exposures varying from 30 seconds to 7 minutes.

The glow sticks float, so there was no pollution – they just collected the sticks afterward and posted their pics for the world to see.

Check it:










Pretty schweet ne?

Good luck with the rest of today. With any luck it will all be over before we know it.



Escape Monday: Pics From The “Best Of Russia 2012” Competition

tower-perspective_2494677kRussians are a weird bunch at the best of times. The only first-hand experience I’ve had of them was when J-Rab and I were in Thailand on an island tour with about 30 of them in a speedboat with us.

The trip lasted a good 10 hours and during the course of it we saw some of Thailand’s most beautiful islands, but do you think these flippin’ Ruskies cracked one goddamn smile at any point during the trip?!

It was like we were stuck on a boat with a buncha miserable shop mannequins. That’s what made the photos I’m about to show you all the more remarkable. The depth of emotion they capture and communicate is truly amazing.

They’re from the annual “Best Of Russia” photo competition, which is open to amateurs and professionals alike. The only proviso is that the photos have to be from 2012.

Check it:
























And my favourite of the whole bunch (because I’m having a daughter, and when she grows up, I want her to be a little badass like this):



Hope you liked those pics, if you want to check out more, hit this link.

Later Partytjie Mense!



Escape Monday: Insane Photos of Ocean Lava

SelwayandKale1Lava has always fascinated me. Something about it is so primordial – rocks in their liquid form, I mean shit, how badass is that?!

The following pics were shot by photographers Nick Selway and CJ Kale who claim they are the only photographers to ever enter the surf next to an active volcano to do lava surf photography.

The resulting photos are nothing short of insane. Two powerful elements merging and swirling together, duking it out to see which is mightier. Some of the pics literally look like Titans doing battle so yeah, if this doesn’t help you escape Monday for a few minutes, nothing will.


















Full credit to where I sourced these images.

I really dig photography like this. In fact, finding material for my Escape Mondays posts is fast becoming one of my favourite blogging pastimes.

We live in an incredible world, which is easy to forget when you spend 5 days out of 7 locked in what feels like perpetual corporate-grey cubicle limbo.



Mindgun – One Seriously Badass Site

The saying goes that you’ll never meet your future wife in a bar and I think there’s a lot of truth in that, but man-o-man, if I had to write a list of all the twisted, crazy fuckers who’ve ended up being great friends that I met in bars, it would be a goddamn mile long!

Mr D was one of those fine, upstanding maniacs (read this story as proof). I met him on a night when I was playing a gig in Grahamstown. He was knocking back a pint of stout and eyeing the bar like at any minute he might pull a knife out and lay into someone for making eye contact, so naturally I walked over and started up a conversation with the man.



We struck up a friendship that I regard as a personal best based on the acres of common ground we shared through the bands we listened to, the questionable literature (mainly comic books) and movies we were into and our common appreciation of the whisky-drinking, hard-living, party-loving legacy artists like Jim Morrison left as an example for us mere mortals to live up to.

And man-o-man, did Mr D and I live it up. We eventually worked as barmen at the same dodgy-assed pizza joint where our only mission from one shift to the next was to see just how drunk we could get without passing out / getting fired.

Those were the old days, the bad days, the all or nothing days. It was blood for blood by the gallon and we were ready for war Winking smile

Over the years we went our separate ways. Mr D now teaches English in Korea, but recently we’ve been able to stay in contact thanks to the blog site he started, Mindgun.

The man is a killer photographer and actually worked as a staff photographer for The Argus (among other papers) in Cape Town before he left for Korea.

His mission with Mindgun is to take a picture everyday and write a couple sentences / paragraphs about it so his photographic muscle doesn’t atrophy while he’s over there.

I’ve thrown in a couple of my favourites below and as you can see, he’s no slouch behind a lens.









He’s a great writer and an even better shooter so his site gets my full recommendation as an awesome place to stop by when you have a minute. It’s also pretty fascinating to read about Korea and his experience of it from the cuisine (pig spine soup and dog penis fish) to its culture and history and Mr D is right in the thick of it, guns blazing, writing about what he sees in the only way he knows how – with 100% unashamed honesty.

So be a pal and bookmark the man’s site, you’ll be a better person for it.

Otherwise have yourselves a killer weekend party people, I’ll see you all same time, same place on Monday.

Until then Winking smile