Category Archive: Portrait of a place

Whenever we find someone who is a local and would make a lovely portrait, we'll shoot it and post it!

Jul 11

Sydney in Winter

My memories of Sydney in winter are clear crisp days, a sparkling harbour, offshore winds, cobalt blue seas with pulsing waves, and the sun just strong enough to warm you after a surf as you close your eyes and soak up the rays. Just as architect Jørn Utzon noted when he first toured the site …

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Feb 28

Twelve Months of my Favourite Portraits from the Grand Tour

We met some extraordinary people on our grand tour, and Lara reflected about some of those people here. As a photographer, I saw it as my job to capture their personalities as well as I could and communicate what made them special. I had known from the start of our grand tour that I’d be taking …

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Nov 22

Portrait of a Place: Monwabisi Sobitshi at Langa Township

I just had to make this portrait of Monwabisi Sobitshi, an extraordinary actor and artist we met when we visitedGuga S’thebe Culture, Arts and Empowerment Centre at the township of Langa, Cape Town. When Monwabisi is not teaching drama to school kids and high-school drop-outs, he’s recycling soft drink cans into funky crafts. Monwabisi spontaneously performed …

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Nov 11

Watching the ‘Table Cloth’ over Table Mountain, Cape Town

Time lapse of Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa from Gran Tourismo on Vimeo. Our digs in Camp’s Bay are delightful. While we don’t have commanding views of the Bay, just a few minutes walk from the house, we do have an extraordinary view of Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain. The first thing we noticed …

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Aug 25

Taking Portraits – Tips for Travellers

What constitutes a portrait photo? How do you go about capturing a good portrait of a person? And do you need permission? These are some of the questions readers have asked me via email in relation to our August Grantourismo contest. What is a portrait? A portrait is a posed photo of a person (more …

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