Robin Williams was a comedic genius, a true talent. A sad day for anyone that enjoyed his films or stand-up routine. There are very few greats and he was one of them. Hopefully he has found peace and will have everyone around him upstairs in stitches……….
It has been a busy three weeks starting with an assignment in Uruguay, followed by a feature on Arsenal’s new signing Alexis Sanchez in Tocopilla, Chile and then a trip to South Africa to photograph Great White’s. It’s nice to be busy, especially in this climate where newspapers and magazines are concerned. If only the print media would invest in quality features again, instead of filling the pages with garbage from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram……
Anyway I was sent to Tocopilla in Chile, the birthplace of Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal’s new star signing to do a background feature. There are less than 25,000 inhabitants in Tocopilla, it attracted global attention for being the town in Chile that was most devastated in 2007 by an earthquake that reached 7.7 on the Richter Scale. It displaced over 15,000 people and destroyed 30 per cent of all standing structures including the school where Alexis attended.
Alexis returns each Christmas to ride through the streets alongside the mayor Fernando San Roman in an open top float to give out Christmas presents to local children. On his visit last December, a street was renamed in his honour following a vote by local residents. The road that was once ‘Cuarta Poniente’ now bears the name ‘Alexis Sanchez’. The significance being that Alexis took his first footballing steps on the ‘Cancha Lazareto’ pitch along this road. It is just around the corner from the family home….
I managed to sneak away and photograph the African Penguins at Boulders Beach, during my recent trip to South Africa. They are great fun to observe and to photograph…each having their own unique personality. It has been another great trip to SA but unfortunately it has passed so quickly….back to New York now…
There were a couple of predation events at Seal Island today and it appears the sharks are slowly re-appearing after a short absence from the Island. Unfortunately a twenty year old surfer was bitten by a white shark whilst surfing at Muizenberg Beach in False Bay and was airlifted to hospital this afternoon.
Shark incident in Muizenberg
Rescue | 01. Aug, 2014 |
At 14h07, Friday, 01 August, NSRI Simonstown volunteer sea rescue duty crew and CMR (Cape Medical Response) were activated following reports of a man bitten by a shark while surfing off-shore of the Pavilion, Muizenberg Beach. The man was reported to have been assisted out of the water.
NSRI Simonstown volunteers, CMR paramedics and a CMR ambulance, the SA Police Services, WC Government Health EMS, City of Cape Town Law Enforcement, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services and the Red Cross AMS Skymed helicopter responded.
NSRI Strandfontein were placed on alert.
On arrival on-scene a 20 year old male, from Newlands (originally from Durban), was found to be in a stable condition with multiple lacerations to his lower limbs (some of which are deep lacerations) and an avulsion to the left thigh.
A member of the public had begun first aid treatment on the scene prior to paramedics arriving and the member of the public had cut the surf board leash from the surfers surf board and had tied the leash around the patients limbs to act as a tourniquet to stem the flow of blood.
The man has been airlifted by the Skymed helicopter to hospital in a stable condition for further treatment.
He was assisted out of the water by his friend.
At the time of the incident the Shark Spotters were flying the Black Shark Flag (indicating poor water and weather visibility conditions – a misty haze) and a bystander had approached the shark spotters to inform them that they had seen a shark fin in the water and the incident happened when the Shark Siren (indicating swimmers and surfers to clear the water) was in the process of being activated.
Shark Spotters and Law Enforcement officers have closed Muizenberg Beach and bathers and surfers along the False Bay coastline are urged to exercise caution.
The species of shark involved has been confirmed by the bite marks to have been a White Shark and eye-witness accounts suggest the shark to have been between 3 and 4 meters in length but the length of the shark cannot be confirmed pending further investigations.
We are having some quiet time here at Seal Island as the sharks seem to have vanished and the predation has died down for the moment. Hopefully the action will pick up in the next couple of days….
The last surviving member of the US air crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima has died in Stone Mountain, Georgia aged 93.Theodore Van Kirk, also known as “Dutch”, was 24 when he became the navigator of the Enola Gay, the aircraft which dropped the atom bomb. The attack on Japan on 6 August 1945 killed an estimated 140,000 people. Dutch said he had “no regrets” about the mission and defended its morality, saying it helped to end the Second World War. His son, Tom Van Kirk, paid tribute to his father, who he said remained active until the end of his life. “I know he was recognized as a war hero, but we just knew him as a great father”, he told AP.
I’m packing to leave for South Africa to hopefully capture some new material on the great white shark’s at Seal Island. It’s always a stressful time worrying about logistics such as travel, weather, water visibility, will the sharks be hunting or are they even there at the island? There are so many variables! It’s always an adventure though and I have made many great friends out there on White Pointer II over the years. I love going to Seal Island. It’s such a humbling experience to witness and experience the amazing ecosystem that makes up False Bay. Anyway, here are some pictures from last years escapade….If you wish to see more, you can view the ongoing project HERE
Summer has arrived here in New York, it’s bloody hot and really humid. The worst is still to come….Anyway I saw this in between running errands and thought it would make a quick smudge……
I was assigned to do a very quick photograph of Shep Gordon and Louise Mensch in New York. Louise was interviewing Shep for a piece about his colorful life in the entertainment industry. The two minute portrait shoot was due to take place in a dreaded hotel suite. I found a location that might work down the corridor and luckily the door to a balcony was left unlocked….:) I managed to throw up a light and coerce the talent out of the hotel room to do a quick picture with a little taste of downtown in the background…
The film Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, traces Gordon’s entire life, from his time as a hippie drug dealer hanging out with Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin to his nine-day stint as Pink Floyd’s manager to ushering in the era of the celebrity chef by repping figures like Emeril Lagasse. A central theme of the movie, however, is how fame ruins lives.
Pippa and James Middleton complete their epic Race Across America in benefit of the Michael Matthews Foundation. Pippa and James crossed the finish line just after 3am in Annapolis, Maryland, after covering 3,000 miles in six days, ten hours and 54 minutes. The younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge was the only woman in a team of eight, which also included her brother James.