I see so many people hating on last year. Let me begin by saying: it's easy to fall into that trap. While things were uncertain for a period in 2015, I managed to move to Cape Town and create radical memories. I quite enjoyed the, "year of the rat", because it was nothing shy of exhilarating! Below is a selection of images (it was really difficult to whittle it down to to just twelve photos) from 2015 - one for each month (a wrap-up of sorts) - that are now postcards from yesteryear.
January started with the kind of winds that I was warned about. Capetonians like to complain that Port Elizabeth is windy. Yes, it is windy all the time but not this kind of unrelenting abuse! I spent far too much time staring at my laptop. I drank tequila... So much tequila. I was already way into my #latenightportrait series but this shot of Tyrone with Sally and Baxter was one of the first for the year.
February brought with it a change of scenery as I moved out to Hout Bay. This was the month that I created #FacesOfCTEMF for Red Bull MOBILE and met a bunch of new faces in the process! I started exploring Cape Town a little more and learnt the value of avoiding city centre during the State of the Nation address. Owing to an enduring sunburn and my penchant for making odd noises, I was blessed with a Zoidberg tattoo courtesy of Mr B Cheeks at More Than Hype (it was torture but it looks rad).
March was lit! It seemed like the whole mountain range was on fire kinda like Mount Doom. The image above was taken at The Assembly during the Young Fathers performance. I went back home for the first time in 2015 (for four whole days); most of the time I was in a car with PHFAT between PE, Port Alfred and Grahamstown. This was the month that The Cult Of Maybe launched - we binged on 20 cheese burgers, a veritable mountain of fries and some nuggets at the afterparty. Basically an adult sleepover.
April was the month that I moved backed to Seapoint. Vice City opened and while I was there got commissioned to take photos for an escort agency that I think is no longer in operation. The image above was captured while CDR (Create Define Release) Projects was in South Africa hosting a workshop at Red Bull Studios in Cape Town. I got an undead hamburger tattoo courtesy of Baked Ink at More Than Hype. The whole month was spent planning The Assembly gig with PHFAT that would see them perform in a Cape Town club for the first time in about a year. This was also the beginning of a guilty pleasure: Geordie Shore, why aye!
May was marred by the loss of George Bacon. This photo was taken literally seconds before they took to the stage for the first performance of their #HogsAreBack tour.
Oh, June is half way! I drank a lot of tea and didn't sleep much. Not sure if the two were connected somehow but it's how things played out. PHFAT and Al Bairre collaborated as part of the Xperia Mashlab project. We started doing the "Questions In The Dark" series with AVA. I spent more time at ERA Nightclub than anywhere else in this month. I also had the privilege of shooting Petite Noir while he was recording at the Red Bull Studios in Cape Town.
During July, I found myself sleeping on the couch a lot more than usual. The image above was taken during a road trip with PHFAT, on the way back from Knysna - just a random field on the side of the freeway. This was also the beginning of the second season of "Questions In The Dark". I was basically just spending time at AVA or else helping the team plan the PHFAT performance at Oppikoppi. There are so many blank pages in my journal - I don't know what happened.
August was immense. I have so much love for the people that I have been able to work with up to and because of the events in this month. PHFAT literally tore the roof off of Oppikoppi. Every other band should've gotten an apology for the bar being set that high. Have you ever been so proud of someone that you can feel your chest swell like you're almost gonna burst? There are so many epic memories from that weekend alone. To top it off, I had the esteemed pleasure of welcoming a friend to South Africa for the first time - hooning around Cape Town and generally being unruly. This was the first time that I scaled Lion's Head too. It was a great month!
September was probably my most introspective month. I spent a lot of time exploring outdoors and that's where this shot comes from - we made an early mission up Lion's Head to catch the sunrise but found ourselves trapped under a thick blanket of mist. Aidan and Dean were kind enough to bundle me into the car with them to make the trek to Port Alfred for Boat Race - what an insane weekend. All I know is that by the third day I was the rowdiest Boat Rager. Carla came back and spent another week putting up with me. We went to Graaf Reinet for the first national instameet and even spent some time in the sky as part of the Giant Flag campaign. This was when my camera was out of commission because it got busted at Grietfest. Lesson: do not ever point your camera in the direction of a stage lazer!
October usually means that everyone is preparing for Rocking The Daisies. This was the most stressful month but it yielded some of the greatest memories. While my camera was inoperable and had been booked in for repairs, I was scrambling to find any substitute. More Than Hype hosted DJ Craze at Mercury Live. Travelling to Amsterdam for ADE with Das Kapital was definitely a highlight - which in itself is probably a whole post worth creating. I don't have to thumb my nose at snarky comparisons to Europe because I quite enjoy our little corner of the globe. I savour the connections that I share with my friends even if I can only see them for a few hours during a layover.
Everyone can repeat the Guy Fawkes rhyme about November... What I remember is that I finally had the opportunity to meet Martha Cooper during Red Bull Amaphiko and Little Simz performed in Khayelitsha, whipping up a frenzy like I haven't seen since Guns 'N Lazers warped stages. I spent more time on missions around the city with the #CPTNaaitz than at home. Jake 'became' 30. I finally got my camera back and was able to start shooting again! Friends from home visited and this started the infernal escapades to the beach. It was also in November that I started creating this website.
December was radical! From Plett Rage to a road trip that spanned the eastern seaboard as well as a reunion in my little home city and Castle Lite's Republic Of Extra Cold - it restored my spirit. Star Wars Episode VII was released. Christmas was spent at Fiction for the Untamed Youth party. I spent my new year's eve taking photos at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront with James. Just in it for the thrill.
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