Magic in the Mountain Kingdom

Yup.. that is a cheesy blog title. Sorry, but this shoot ranks up there with one of my all time favourites. It was magic. And there were mountains. And Lesotho is a kingdom. So there. Deal with it. 😉

First up I have to say thanks to the guys at Aranda. It was a pretty daring idea that had potential to go belly up fast, but we pulled it off, and did so in style.

(If you are reading this with a good quality blanket wrapped around you, have a quick peek at the label. If it isn’t a Chinese ripoff or a soulless fleece, the label is likely to say Aranda. If you are reading this in Lesotho, you are probably wearing a blanket made by these guys, and have been wearing their blankets your whole life. It might also be a blanket that has been passed down through the family and has heirloom status and is an integral part of your culture. So Aranda = A South African blanket manufacturer with a justifiably proud history.)

We dodged weather systems, vehicle breakdowns and mampoer hangovers to create the images below, while based at Semonkong Lodge where we were very comfortably hosted by a team that made a plan for us, no matter what the request. The incredible background in some of the photos is  Maletsunyane Falls, one of the highest single dropping waterfalls in Africa.

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The behind the scenes pics reveal a lean mean approach to shooting blanket fashion in the mountains. One Ranger Light with 2 different  brolly options, one Nikon D4, one incredibly helpful assistant (and client),  and a whole lot of beautiful Africa to work with.

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Not every photo taken was staged. The fellow below was just cruising down the road on the way to his village.

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The last shoot that Aranda did resulted in Billboards throughout Lesotho…and the plan is to do the same with these photos. So soon I will be really big in Lesotho…

Thanks to Carina Trewick for the behind the scenes photos featuring yours truly.

 

 

 

 

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