1. Where are you currently and why? Where would you rather be on an ideal
day in an ideal world?
I'm in Zurich, Switzerland. I came here to visit my best friend on holiday,
fell in love with the city, and made it my mission to one day call this
place by home. That was nearly 3 years ago. It's 6.40am, and I have just
gotten home from working in a bar. It's light outside already and due to my
bad time keeping combined with technical difficulties, this is very late (even though I started writing it last Sunday). Shit! On an ideal day in an ideal world, I would be awake because me & my very large & shiny camera with it's large & shiny zoom lens would have to catch a flight to somewhere exotic I've never been before to take pictures I'm going to get paid for. OR I'd be awake because I'd spent all night dancing. Still awake because of work...not so much fun.
2. Tell us your Moblog story, how did it all begin for you, what purpose does Moblog have for you?
It started when I moved from Cape Town to England in 2005. I knew Alfie and he got me on to it. It started as a way to document my new life, and as a space to put old photographs so I'd look at them more often. It became an amazing source of delight & entertainment as I got to know the Moblog community - so many warm, open, insanely funny, creative, intelligent, & wonderfully inspiring people from around the world, the friends I made through Moblog were my saving grace that year in the English countryside..don't know what I would have done without you :)
3. What was your childhood obsession? What happened to it?
I remember being given a book on dolphins when I was about 12, and watching The Big blue, and wanting to be a marine biologist or a diver, I spent a lot of time seeing how many laps I could do in our pool while holding my breath. That was replaced by an obsession with Vogue magazine when I was about 13, I plastered every inch of my bedroom (including the ceiling) with it's pages. What happened? I was a fashion stylist for a few years, loads of frivolous fun. Now I live by a lake, not the sea..but it's enough, I need to
live by an expanse of water, it makes me calmer!
4. Name three things you would change in your life that would make you
a) I would find a way to cure cancer, in the form of an aspirin, with no
side effects whatsoever, while simultaneously giving the NHS a gigantic kick up their asses for giving my Mum the most shocking post operative care ever. Pure negligence. Disgusting.
b) I would be more self-disciplined - especially when it comes to doing the
things I know are good for me, more regularly.
c) I would talk less and act more.
5. How did you get into taking photographs?
I think it came from my dad, he was always snapping pictures, I think that's
what started my love for documenting life. Coupled with my first boyfriend
being a photography student when I was 17, we loved going on road trips in
South Africa, taking pictures together. Being a stylist gave me another
perspective, creating pictures, I started paying more attention to the
light, how different lighting can make the same face change so much.
6. What are you currently reading?
I have become terrible at starting books & not finishing them! I've just
started reading 'A New Earth' by Eckhart Tolle.
7. What's your motto? Your tagline? Your favourite saying?
Hmmm..'With our thoughts, we make our world'. 'Music is love in search of a
word'. What about my favourite punctuation mark? I use the ellipsis a
8. How would you spend a perfect Sunday?
Lazy morning in bed reading English newspapers (a luxury for me in
Switzerland), followed by breakfast at the Tearoom (great Moroccan
restaurant & lounge here that makes everything you could possible want for
breakfast, till 4pm), followed by a nap, followed by bike riding down to the
lake to have an early evening braai with friends in the setting summer sun.
Generally, lots of napping & food. & friends. Happiness.
9. So it's Desert Island Discs time and we're now choosing that one record
that remains after the hypothetical storm. What is that one record?
Coldplay - Parachutes. It doesn't matter how many times I've listened to it, it still moves me. So beautiful, so emotional. I can remember the first time
I heard it, who I was with, where I was - it's like having a musical
photograph. I've listened to it so many times in the last 9 years, and I
love the way I keep creating new memories to it.
10. Of all the places you have travelled or lived, is there one particular place that feels most significant?
The suburbs of Bergvliet in Cape Town. I grew up there with an amazing group
of girlfriends I'm still close to. Those times are such a big part of me, we were such a close-knit group, growing up together in such a beautiful part of the world. I'm so lucky to have had that experience.
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