Christopher Scott

It’s not what you see, it’s what you don’t

Christopher ScottWatching the Nedbank Challenge on TV over the weekend the Nedbank advert “Seeing Money Differently”  constantly reminded one that this outstanding tournament. South Africa’s major, is sponsored by Nedbank As the game unfolded and Brandon Grace finally got a steal on his fellow leaders with a magnificent 40 foot putt on the 16th it was very much a case of “It’s not what you see, it’s what you don’t” for undoubtedly saw in his mind rather than with his eyes, the path that ball had to follow.

Chatting with local photographer  Christopher Scott earlier in the week when asked why his photographs , even of subject matter photographed by so many, take on a totally different look, or rather interpretation, his words were “it’s not what you see but what you don’t”. Sipping my coffee and no doubt looking suitably perplexed Chris went on to explain how he manages to capture such a special ambience with so many of his shots.

Chris explains that most of us see exactly what he sees and would take just as good a photo as he would should he not take a just a little time to study his subject from different aspects thus seeing what we don’t see. It may be the way the light falls on the subject, the angle from which the shot is taken, the F Stop or other technical setting on the camera, a cloud momentarily throwing a shadow over the subject. In a word he sees what most of us don’t see no matter how hard we look.

Seeing Chris’ work and some of the awards he has won, it would seem he is a seasoned and experienced professional but this is not the case at all for in fact Chris decided to take up photography as his permanent occupation only in the last month. Many cyclists would have met Chris when taking their damaged mountain or out of tune road bikes to the cycle shop in St Francis Bay for needed repairs or servicing.  Much of Chris’ work is done in the early morning before work when most of us were still doing a bit of deep sheet diving when the light gives him his best opportunities.

Interestingly Chris is quite new to photography and it really is only since arriving in Kouga two years ago where, when presented with this massive canvas that Kouga has to offer that his passion and talent was aroused. By his own admission he still has a lot to learn but his passion for that perfect shot drives him on.

As a bit of a bio on Chris, he was born in Glasgow around 47 years ago and moved with his family to South Africa at age of six. Initially the family settled in Johannesburg but moved to Cape Town in his early teens where he finished his education before doing his national service in the mechanised arm of the service. Married to Patricia some18 years ago they have two children, William 12 and Gemma six.

Over the holiday period Chris is offering a rather unusual service. For a very reasonable fee he will do  a family photo shoot with a difference. The difference being that you choose the venue whether it be on a boat, on the canals, at the lighthouse, sunset rock on the Wildside,  even a restaurant. Give Chris a call on  083 266 8120 to discuss how he can capture the magic of your family on holiday.

Chris presently has three photographs on display and sale at The Links and if you have time, pop in for a coffee, burger or beer and have a look. The two lighthouse shots have to be the most unusual lighthouse shots yet presented by any photographer amateur or pro.

This is not one of the photo’s on display at The Links but yet another example of Chris’ Talent

Sea Shell Book

New Life for Sea Shell Book

St Francis Bay publisher and publishing facilitator, Write-On Publishing, has just delivered a consignment of the book “The Sea Shells of Jeffreys Bay” to the Jeffreys Bay Shell Museum.

So what? you may ask.

What makes this delivery special is that the little book, by Douw and Elise Steyn and originally published in 1999, was totally out of print! The original publisher/printer no longer exists, and the original content material – colour plates and text – was nowhere to be found.

Petro Meyer of the Humansdorp Museum Association, curators of the Shell Museum, takes up the story:

“When the Humansdorp Museum Association first became involved with the Shell Museum, a knowledgeable “Shell lady”, Susan Hammond, was appointed to assist in the museum.  She mentioned that visitors were enquiring about the book, of which, at that time, the Museum possessed only one copy, which was being used to assist visitors and locals who wanted to know more about a specific shell,” said Petro.

“After a search, we found a number of copies in a local shell shop and bought most of their supply.  We found that they were selling quite well, and when we began to run out, we looked for more copies, only to find there were none. We contacted the author, Professor Steyn, and he gave us permission to reprint the book. The Tourism Department of Kouga Municipality assisted with the printing cost of the book to ensure that the book would still be available for locals and visitors.

“The original printers had unfortunately closed down and that made the whole process more complicated as it meant that the book had to be redone from scratch. This however created an opportunity to do some corrections, as with more modern technology available, the classification of a few shells had changed since the time of the original publication and the new classifications could be included.

“A number of quotations were obtained, and the museum committee decided to ask Frank Nunan of Write-On from St Francis Bay to assist with the re-production of the book. His price was very competitive, and this was in line with the Museum’s policy of making use of local people and companies where possible. It also simplified the process as it was possible to have the odd meeting to discuss questions from either side.

“Prof Steyn agreed that the Humansdorp Museum Association would take over the copyright to the second edition to ensure that no unauthorised copies of the book would be distributed. The museum agreed to pay a small royalty to the author. The new edition has a brand-new cover that was designed by Frank to make it easy to distinguish from the original one.

“The whole process was quite painless, and the end product is of excellent quality.”

In Prof Steyn’s own words: “Ek moet julle (wie dit ook al mag insluit) gelukwens met die prestasie. Ek was maar kleingelowig maar ek is is baie bly vir wat julle bereik het en dit nogal gou ook.”

While the process might have seemed painless to Petro, publisher Frank Nunan was faced with a number of challenges:

“I only had a printed version to work from and this was a huge problem when it came to the quality of the colour plates – reproducing printed colour pictures almost invariably leads to pixellation and a grainy appearance. However, I am pleased to say that I was able to scan and enhance them digitally to the extent that they are barely distinguishable from the originals. The text was scanned using OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technoloy, and this also presented a few challenges. A very small typeface had been used, and as the original print quality was not very good, ink runs had occurred, causing some interesting results from the OCR scans – “rn’s’ became “m’s”, just for example. This meant very intensive proofreading and correction was needed. The fact that much of the original text was in Latin made this even more fun,” said Frank.

The Humansdorp Museum Association is already planning its next book revival project: the reprint of “Humansdorp se Groei and Bloei 1849-1975″.  Permission has already been obtained from the children of the original author, E J Gerryts.

The Museum Association would like to thank Write-on Publishing for all the long hours and effort to ensure a very professional result at a very fair price

The Jeffreys Bay Shell Museum’s Aphiwe Masoka receives the first copy of the book from Frank Nunan

Issued by: Petro Meyer

Humansdorp Museum Association and the Jeffreys Bay Shell Museum.

Walking with Bushmen

Walking with Bushmen with Clive Horlock

The Kromme Enviro-Trust is hosting an environmental talk by Clive Horlock

Date:               Wednesday 15 November 2017
Time:               15h15
Venue:             St Francis United Church, corner St Francis Drive and Walton Road

Format:            Talk to be followed by wine and snacks
Cost:                R50 per person

Clive Horlock  is passionate about Africa’s wildlife and wild places and a few years ago he set up an opportunity for guests to experience unspoilt Africa in the Kalahari of Botswana. To complete the experience he found a clan of genuine Bushmen to educate visitors. His time spent with the Bushmen has encouraged him to share what the Bushmen experience has revealed to him.  Come and hear about the fascinating lifestyle of traditional hunter-gatherers in the twenty-first century.

RSVP Yvonne Bosman 042 294 0842 or 083 235 8278 or by e-mail for catering purposes