I handed in my final assignment at the University of Stellenbosch’s journalism department on a Friday in early December 2004 and walked into Getaway as dinky intern on the Monday. I was expecting to make coffee and write the odd advertorial, but that Thursday I was on a flight to Reunion Island, a bag of self-rolled Velvia 50 film in my camera pack and the words of then editor David Bristow ringing in my ears, ‘film is cheap, flights not. Don’t bring me shit photos.’
I owe DB everything for giving me that break, instead I paid him back by spending four years trying to turn every assignment into a fishing trip (sorry bru). I finally unpacked my travel bags in late 2008 and joined the dynamic team at Men’s Health as features writer. There I got to write on everything from asthma to career planning, circumcision, the ABSA Cape Epic and one very scary trip with the Western Cape Flying Squad to an Atlantis drug den.
After a very rewarding spell in the fast-paced world of sports marketing as National Athlete Manager for Red Bull, I returned to my creative roots as freelance writer and photographer in June 2011. Since then I’ve contributed to a variety of magazines, brands and corporate clients including Private Edition, Toyota Zone, Sanlam Reality, Men’s Health, Bicycling, FHM, Salomon, Team RE:CM, Discovery Health magazine, Edgars Club (MAN), Getaway, Moneysmart.co.za, Red Bulletin, Red Bull and Hurley.
Currently I’m also the Deputy Editor on Ride magazine.
I have lectured on travel and wildlife photography, was a judge on the Fuji South African Wildlife Photography Awards and along the way co-authored 1001 Places To See Before You Die (Struik), edited Bicycling’s Complete Cycle Tour Training Guide (2012) and the 2012 Absa Cape Epic Ride Guide
I specialise in feature-style adventure, sport and lifestyle photojournalism, as well as brand and corporate PR material-creation and social media consultation. Given half a chance though, I’d still turn any assignment into a fishing trip.