The theatre has been Jesse Kramer’s second home since she was a child. This collection of theatre performance portraits showcases the young photographer’s gift of capturing the magic of live performance. A colourful  and dynamic mix of performance styles from opera to stand-up comedy in all of Cape Town’s  well-known theatres gives the audience insight into the sacred, unpredictable moments on stage which draw people to the theatre.

Kramer has made an impressive mark on the theatre scene, having worked with the likes of Athol Fugard and Sir Antony Sher,  shooting Sher’s portrait for the poster image of Broken Glass at The Fugard Theatre and  Vaudeville Theatre on the West End last year.

The photographs are all in limited editions of 20 with signed archival prints available to purchase.

The exhibition can be viewed at 6 Spin Street Restaurant, Monday to Friday between 10am & 10pm, and on Saturdays between 5pm & 10pm until the end of July 2012.

6 Spin Street Restaurant is situated on the ground floor of a beautiful Sir Herbert Baker building facing Church Square in central Cape Town.


Coral Crochet

It’s a busy and visual week at the Out the Box festival in Cape Town. I’m enjoying seeing loads of theatre crammed into this first week of Spring.

The festival has a strong ‘green/ec0/planet friendly’ contingent this year & I was delighted to come across this crocheted coral wall at the Magnet Theatre.

It’s called the Woodstock Art Reef Project, a satellite project connected to the worldwide Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project. ” a woolly celebration of the intersection of higher geometry and feminine handicraft, and a testimony to the disappearing wonders of the marine world.”

It’s voluntary and it’s gorgeous!  If you would like to be an eco-warrior with a crochet needle, you can find out more about the Cape Town group here.

Rustic Rubbish

One of my recent jobs was to do publicity shots of a well-known play, Samuel Beckett’s  Endgame which was performed at The Intimate Theatre, Cape Town in August and directed by my multi-talented friend, actor and director, Luke Ellenbogen.

If you didn’t know already, Luke’s parents are actors too, and were perfect for the role as the older couple, and so to cut a long story short, he chucked his folks into the rubbish bins and ordered them around respectfully and professionally directed them.


Liz Szymczak and Nicholas Ellenbogen in ENDGAME


And while that is a great story and I got some awesome photo’s of Luke’s folks in the trash making kissy faces, I owed Luke a birthday present, which is the important bit!

I recently came across TradeMark Frames, which I decree the new rustic chic, and while gorgeous and my new favourite thing, do look like they have been made from or dug out from a rubbish bin. How convenient! You may see where this is going….

I went to meet Mark, him being the second half of the Trade, and found out that he and his daughter, Jessica Hilltout, are also responsible for the droolworthy new book about grassroots football, Amen – seriously check out this book, it’s fantastic!

All in all, a very successful  day with a couple extra things ending up in my shopping bag, and don’t Luke’s folks look cute in this frame?

Oooh! Papercut…

Although I don’t do much of it myself, I am always impressed and inspired by images or sculptures made solely from cutting and folding paper.

Check out some of the beauties!

by Peter Callesen, Denmark

Kako Ueda, New York

Heather Moore, Cape Town

Andreas Kocks, Germany

Hina Aoyama, Japan

Mia Pearlman, NYC

Those paper doll chains don’t seem very impressive anymore, do they?