The Hotazel Years

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“Here’s what Obie says about his new book: “This book is a record of my life journeying through Africa I travel not to got someplace specifically; instead I meander and drive for the more love of moving through slowly changing people and landscapes. I love getting involved in the happy and sad essence of the vast South African lands. There is a haphazard unpredictability that runs through all these different areas. My stories are about the somewhat strange, the odd, the trivial and the funny.

Travel in these parts requires a developed sense of humour. I love getting myself into storytelling, picture-taking situations. Most they come along unintentionally, simply happen along the way but sometimes one must work at them, coax situations into developing and changing.

Life without adventure is, indeed, no life at all.” This overview of a life spent viewing the world through the lens of his camera, tells as much of Obie Oberholzer – photographer, raconteur and free spirit par, excellence – as it does of the country and continent he loves. In Hotazel, Obel takes us with him on a photographic journey spanning 30 years, a journey through Southern Africa, where something strange, odd or funny is bound to happen round the next corner. Hotazel offers 132 pages of full colour pictures, accompanied by Obi’s quirkly annotations, as well as a selection of his prized black and white photographs, which have never been published before. To contextualise his work, Obie has rewritten all the captions in the much – loved Obie-off-the-wall style. Obie’s is one of South Africa’s best-loved photographers.

• Hardcover: 132 pages
• Publisher: Double Storey (December 3, 2002)
• ISBN-10: 1919930027
• ISBN-13: 978-1919930022
• Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 11.5 x 0.8 inches
• Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds