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I had the privilege to photograph one of the most iconic leaders on two different occasions. These are some of my favourite Madiba images. The first set was taken at Grey College, Bloemfontein – South Africa, this was still back in the film days!! Nikon F5, 80-200mm f2.8 lens and Fuji Colour Film. The first image was scanned in and converted to black & white in Photoshop.



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Almost ten years later and what a great privilege it was to assist South African photographer, Alet van Huyssteen, with a shoot at the Dorchester Hotel. Two of the greatest world leaders had lunch together in the build up towards the 46664 concert in London and Alet did the job for former President Bill Clinton. Alet does work for the Nelson Mandela Foundation on a regular basis and is also a very good friend of ours. Thanks Alet!!

On the second photo you can see the legendary photographer Terry O’Neill next to Madiba’s PA, Zelda le Grange.

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May 01

These images totally cheered me up today! They were taken during our last trip to South Africa, just over a year ago and we never had time to look at them properly or to publish a blog post until now. Meyer and I were so fascinated by them and had so much fun shooting this – we “hanged” with the ostriches for over an hour! We were on our way home from the beach and drove past this Ostrich farm almost every day, but on this occasion, we decided to stop and check them out. We discovered that ostriches in fact truly are very curious creatures and it turned out that they were more interested in checking us out! So, from a distance, one ostrich spotted us standing by the gate. Not sure as to whether it was Meyer’s lens reflecting in the light, but within seconds, the whole flock was within a meter’s distance from us. One of them got so interested in the lens and gave both of us a big fright when he picked at the lens and the next moment, he had his whole beak wrapped around it! Meyer was quick enough to get a really awesome shot of this. You can check out some of our favourite images below…and if you ever have the opportunity in your life to stop at an ostrich farm – DO IT! Watching them from up close is thoroughly entertaining!

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