Desert to Shore

I often get asked, when attending the various photographic venues where I teach or lecture, where in the world would you most like to visit in order to take photographs? An interesting question for sure.

I have favorite (photography) websites I visit on a regular basis, where I keep abreast of technology, techniques, and general photography information. Exploring other photographer’s images stimulates my imagination and broadens my artistic vision – I also participate in various forums to exchange information and get help with occasional technical issues.

Surfing these sites I often see photographic workshops advertised, which involve traveling to the ends of the earth to exotic locations costing tens of thousands in “whatever” currency. Could I afford to participate, no? Would I like to visit some of these locations to shoot photographs, oh yes – but not in the organized way advertised?

My photography is a very intimate experience and most of the time I am alone when contemplating the landscape. So what location do I recommend to my inquisitive listeners? Well I always recommend “ right outside your own door”. There are great images to had anywhere all one must do is learn to look – the art of seeing is the key to images and great photography; one of the ways I describe it is “detached reverie”.

Tankwa Karoo

I live in a particularly spectacular part of the world (Cape Town) for photographic “grist” but like all humans daily life, can at times, numb us to the beauty of what’s right under our nose. So recently I went off to two locations, on separate occasions, relativley close by (3-4 hours drive) to revive my soul and indulge in “detached reverie”

The first is in the hinterland of the Western Cape – the Tankwa Karoo. This semi desert lies between the Cederberg and Roggerveld mountains where I spent three days looking, and some shooting. The second trip was to the very tip of Africa, Cape Agulhas.

Cape Agulhas & de Mond



  1. roger benns

    Absolutely amazing Pete.

    So true re. “It’s all here in South Africa”
    Congrats on the work you are doing to uplift the ambition’s & prospects of our learners in the Western Cape I really wished other provinces would take an interest in your work.


    Roger Benns

  2. Leon Buchner

    Brilliant work Peter! We in the Western Cape are so proud to have you involved in our schools, inspiring learners and also broadening their horizons!!! I thank you from the bottom of my heart…Leon

  3. pcprint

    Thank you Leon,

    Its a privilege to be working with you and your learners, they inspire me!


  4. rory kelly

    Hi Peter, Janice my wife and I did the flowers lat year and I said I want to do it again but the next time on The East side of the Overberg, Tankwa side ,your Pics have opened up the yearning again for next year so we will scavenge through your pics and start the long programme of planning Thank you so much for these images .

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    Many thanks Rory
    RPK Fine Art Media.