Commercial & Design
A full equipped studio for professional portaits, product and pack shots.
I also do layouts and take them right to finished art.
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I’m equipped to cover commissions for studio and insitu photography and take any production to final art, ready to print.
In 1976, I found myself in the odd and precariously uncomfortable position of photo editor of Down the Line, a tabloid magazine edited and produced by Michael Tomson and Patrick Lee. My title sounded grandiose but in truth, it mean that I would spend many nights in the kitchen of my Botanic Gardens Road in the dark and with Jenny, processing rolls of film and printing loads of black and white 8 by 10s.
I hope I never find out.
How long will it be before the difference between all top end cameras will be so small in increment that the brand wont actually matter?
The second World War was a watershed time for photography. War correspondents and shooters needed a smaller, more compact camera that used the newly invented 35 mm colour film and thus sprung the Leica M3 in the early fifties. This was probably the most important camera ever with the exception of its successor (as a pro camera) the Nikon F. The range finder was replaced by the first significant single lens reflex camera. These two were the forerunners to everything, or just about.
1. Refrain from reading mass media opinions on political issues and politicians. Because these conglomerates are really all about ratings and advertising income. And remember that politics is just a fucking merry go round with flawed self servers stepping on and off. An evil playground thing thats been switched on for generations.
I call them environmental portraits because a major element that I believe is vital to successfully getting the best out of the person thats being photographed is to put them in the place they feel the most comfortable. Mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re needing a great set of pictures of yourself, your friends or family. If you’re looking for more a more formal studio based pictures, i can accommodate that as well. Click here for more https://patflan.co.za/environmental-portraits/
The nGuni Trail
SURF PHOTOGRAPHY & STORYVILLE
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A collection of pictures that hopefully define an era when surfing was being established as a bona vide sport. check out some of the protaganists.
2014 was a bomb year for surf in Durban. On request Matt Van Wieringen, Sean McCarthy and I submitted this gallery to Surfer mag.
In those heady days of the late seventies, there was this magical sense of anticipation when ST returned after a season in Hawaii or Australia. Through the bush telegraph we would already know his results at each event, but all wanted to see what he was doing in the water.
I packed my gear the night before and undetected, escaped from the old age home in the early hours of the morning, and headed for North Beach where I met the team.
July 1981. At the start of the Thruster revolution, twin fins were the go across the planet.
Potter cut his teeth on the twinny. Stussy switched California onto his special brand of twin fin. In Newcastle Australia the illustrious Mark Richards was all over them. Shaun Tomson, the king of the round pin single fin, even had a couple secretly stashed at Cheron’s place at Supers that winter.
Until the 2017 J-Bay Open the 84 Country Feeling was widely given ‘Best Ever’ status. View an awesome video clip of the best event I ever attended. Wasn’t a CT or a QS, just a shootout between the best surfers in the world at one of the best breaks at its very best.
This is the title of an article that I read a while back in an international magazine that pretty much sums up why you should , even in the digital era, steer clear of this rather precarious activity.
This is where the work on the beach and in the water landed over the years of working for magazines around the globe.
I never really came to terms with conscription. It weighed heavily on my soul. I had no choice or affiliation.
May 68. Back in Durban after nine months in the Navy in Simonstown, bright eyed and bushy tailed with my 9’10” Mike Hynson model three stringer Gordon & Smith under my arm, looking for a little excitement and a lot of waves.
In my forty four years behind a camera Ive seen some lows. The worst was when this picture was taken in 2006. I was living in Joburg and hadn’t been near the ocean for almost 5 years. I was in bad shape when Carl Roux my lifelong friend rescued me by taking me to Indo on a surf trip.
I spend a fair amount of time in the KZN Midland Valleys and love shooting the pristine natural vistas up there.
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