‘Beauty’ and the Happy Crab Snack bar. 1999.

Sometimes a man needs a shot. A shot of this, a shot of that, a shot of whisky, a shot at goal, a shot in the dark, a photographic shot. There’s nothing wrong with a shot or two. Just beware of too many shots as there’s a fine line between too many shot’s and too few shots. Photographically, there are generally two modes of shooting; the quicker mode and the slightly longer one. Through the years, I have slowed down considerably, from a fast shooter to a more selective shot maker. In the town of Lüderitz, I drive past the ‘Happy Crab Snack Bar’ and decide to take a shot. For me, to produce a good shot can take a while to shoot. Otherwise, why bother? First, I just sit there and survey the scene, checking out the visual graphics. After a while, a brightly dressed lady comes out of the snack bar with two men. They seem to be in a jovial mood. She is ‘Beauty’ Mbangiswana and I ask her if I can shoot her.

After a bit of this and a bit of that, I take a quick shot. I know that it’s a shit shot and say that she should come closer and that her two boyfriends should join in. A triple shot, so to speak. I take a loose shot and ask them if they use condoms. Everybody laughs. This is quite funny out there on the outskirts of a misty Lüderitz —- but image wise, not a particularly good shot. Beauty is now starting to get restless and you know very well that all you have on film is a shitty shot. It flashes through your mind that you have spent the last 40 years trying to get away from mediocre shots. You have mere seconds to play with, so you throw in a big shot; your last shot. You say, “Beauty, my name is Obie and I collect condoms for my two sons. Does the Happy Crab have condoms? You know —ek sê —- coloured ones like they have down in Sauff Èffrica? Those with the flag on them, so the boys can feel they’re doing it for their country. It would be lekker taking some coloured Namibian ones along, so they can get some international shots”. Beauty laughs. I shoot. Lucky shot.

Beauty at the Happy Crab. Lüderitz. Namibia - op maat
South African & Namibian condoms - op maat
Horsemen with coffins on the road to Ramabanda. Kingdom of Lesotho - op maat
Mother dying of Aids. Kazungula. Zambia - op maat
Family in the Overberg
Camps Bay with the Twelve Apostles
Approaching storm. The Overberg.
Akkedisberg Pass. The Overberg
1. The Hottentots Holland Mountains
Abandoned Farmhouse outside Cradock
Farm near Xhorixas. Namibia
Old swimming pool with sheap. South Africa.
Razamik Arezooian
The volcano of Ol Doinyo Lengai
The Great Ruaha River. Tanzania
1. When the beer truck cometh. Near Mto wa Mbu. Tanzania.
7.Fence with South African flags
6.The Blyde River at Pilgrims Rest
5. Trading store near Mthatha. Transkei, South Africa
4. Security guard with razor wire
3. If you believe in life after death, then jump over this fence
2. Pilgrims Rest. South Africa
1. Forgotten film cameras
5. The Great Inland way. Charters Towers
4. Town of Emerald
3. Charters Towers
2. Near Agnus Water
1. Bruces Place
4. Fields outside Kununurra
3. Van Diemen Gulf
2. Bungle Bungle National Park
1.Pigeon cave. Tunnel Creek National Park
7. Mossman. Queensland
6. Blackfella Creek. Queensland
5. Daintree Village. Queensland
4. Elvis in Muckadilla
3. Fern Draped Trees. Mossman
2. Cunnamulla shop
1.Taroon Station phonebooth
4. Ghost Eucalyptus. Mornington Wilderness
3. Fitzroy River with Ghost Gum Tree
2. Fitzroy River floodplane
1. Malaleuca leaves. Fitzroy River
5. Near Roma. Queensland
4. Near Gunbalanya
3. Polo game near Roma
2.Brinley Park Feedlot
1. Brinley Park Feedlot
6. Mornington. Fitzroy River rocks
5. Snake skin. Mornington Wilderness
4. Mornington Wilderness Sanctuary
3. The Fitzroy River. Western Australia
2. Triodia spinifex in Mornington area
1. Spinifex Grass & storm
4. Farraway Bay
3. Winjana Gorge
1. Faraway Bay. Timor Sea
2. The Gunbarrel Highway
8. Arnhem Land. Northern Territoty.
7. Bamurra PlainsNorthern Territory
6.Mary Rivers Floodplain. Australia
5 kakadu national park. Northern Territory
4. Bamurru Plains Camp
3. Arnhem Land. Ferns
2. Kakadu National Park
1. Ezariah Kelly Injalah Hill
2. Bamurra Wilderness Area
4. Swim Creek Buffalo Station
3. Mary River floodplains
5. Dead Buffalo. Bamurru Plains
6. Bamurru flood plains. Australia
1. Manager Frank Mcleod
6. Road train near Injune.Australia
7.Daintree Forest. Queensland
5. Cathedral Tree. Queensland . Australia
4. The Great Inland Way. Queensland
3. Mount Garnet Cemetery
2. Near Ten Mile Creek. Near Roma
1. The Great Inland Way. Queensland. Australia
Leopold Range. Mornington Wilderness
Tanker Station. Near Roermond
Plouged fields. Near Roermond
Lake Magadi. (Soda Plant) Southern Kenya
House near Wilson Airport. Nairobi
Fitzroy River. Mornington Wilderness Area
14. Ningaloo Reef. Australia
13. Ningaloo Reef. Western Australia
12. Over Cape Range National Park. Australia
11. Crooks Corner. South Africa & Zimbabwe
9. Farm road near Kimberley. South Arica
7. The Swartberg Mountains
6. Umlazi Township. Durban. South Africa
5. Durban harbour. South Africa
4. Cane fields. KwaZulu-Natal
3. San Stebastian Point. Mozambique
2. San Sebastian Peninsula. Mozambique
1. Schultz Island. Mozambique Channel
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