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Some for The-Photo-Critics, but some others as well. You can find 'comment crits' here
The stars are really a bit(?) biased - I tend to have critted images I like!
Feel free to request a crit - as I have time, I'll get there.

An update - July 2014

Thu Jul 10, 2014, 10:43 AM
The last six months were settling down after moving house and job over December, hopefully the last for a while! (4 moves in 5 years), and didn't leave much time for journals.
I'm still on a bent to find/ support/ encourage South African photojournalism. Well, local to where-ever you are - but I'm here, so this is my focus. As we live in the deluge of images the internet provides - from Facebook through instagram to the (apparent) flood of 20 000 professional images a day of the Sochi Olympics, it strikes me that the most valuable work one can do is document the essence of one's local area. No-one else can really do that, except the locals. And Facebook is about moment, not essence.

Some areas may be more photogenic than others - we are living in a more middle-class suburbia now, and it is definitely less photogenic than the work-class street life that characterised Mitchell's Plain. It is also quieter! But each has its flavour, and that's the thing I would like to capture.

So, a whole new part of Cape Town opens up, and I am beginning to notice the patterns and rhythms that give it its character.

Squall over Table Bay by AfricanObserver

And hopefully, as I settle into my new job, I will have some time to look through my favourites, and put something together from the awesome work that is on dA. That's been on the to-do list for a while.


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Grant Hillebrand
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South Africa
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cnrd Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks for the fav and comments!
AfricanObserver Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
s-kmp Featured By Owner 4 days ago
:w00t: Thanks for the Fave on Poppy after the rain 01 :)
AfricanObserver Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
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jxsnyder Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the fave!  :D
AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
1pen Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional Photographer
How was I not watching you?  I wondered today why I hadn't seen any of your work recently so I thought I'd stop by and lo and behold I'm not watching you?!!!  Remedied now.  :heart:
AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer

It's been a little hectic the last while, so I haven't put up much, and some of dubious quality. Nice to be noticed tho'
Ikarusthefirst Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you kindly for the fave! (:
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