Fiona Hobson, a retired high school teacher and farmer's wife, realised that many of the people employed on their Karoo farm were unable to read. She started teaching basic literacy in English and Afrikaans on the farm, and later reached out to the local school in Klipplaat, their nearest town, to see how else she could help. This initial action has become a charity called 'Five Loaves Two Fish.' Fiona, along with her husband Rob (who incidentally was among my first Squarespace clients), asked if I'd put together a site showcasing the work Five Loaves Two Fish are doing among their community as a place to start raising awareness and funds for ongoing reading programs.
I had the incredible privilege of helping photograph the wedding of Sarah Hutchinson and Matthew Rose a couple of week's back at Rebel's Rus, a remote and spectacular private nature reserve in the Eastern Cape. Its been the holiday home of many of the family and friends of Sarah's family for years and holds a special place in their hearts. Its wild, rugged and beautiful.
Four local Grahamstown igers, in collaboration with @Igersgrahamstown got together to run a community based iphoneography exhibition over the National Arts Festival. Robyn Oosthuysen, Design Ardour company owner; Judith Belle, wedding and lifestyle photographer; Leolita Maroun, owner of Homeground Coffee Roasters; and Claire Brear, manager of the @igersgrahamstown community worked together to brainstorm the concept, come up with a strategy, develop a theme, set time frames and a budget for the project.