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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
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
South Africa
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KevDurst Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a million for the faves , insightful comments, helpful links, and watch! I really do appreciate it a lot! :)
AfricanObserver Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Only a pleasure - there is so little photojourn work from SA - its nice to see yours!
AbstractDr3ams Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the Fav 
AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
A pleasure.
MaresaSinclair Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Thanks for the favourite on my grumpy lighthouse photo.
AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I like creative names to good images!
cfoto Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the favs and comments!
AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
There is so little South African photography on dA, and even less good "people" stuff, so it was a real pleasure to find your and thermalraven 's pages!
cfoto Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
juhku Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the :+fav: :)
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