Blown Away

17th November 2010, in Blog (8 Comments)

I’ve been wanting to shoot with Donnet for months. I actually first met her through my girlfriend who ran up to her at an agency party and said something like “you are the most beautiful girl I have ever seen. You have to shoot with my boyfriend!”. I had been thinking of shooting in this area outside my building, Wembley Square, for a while. It’s a suburb that claims the title of least sexiest name in Cape Town, ‘Lower Gardens’.  A mixture of light industrial, rusty fences, newly renovated lofts turned photographic studios, crack dealer road markings, weathered red facebrick and car respray & chop shop. Very ‘up & coming’. There’s something really unique about the area and it’s not really been used as a shooting location. There’s a particular time of day, about 20 minutes just before sunset, where this golden gush of sunlight floods our little village. I wanted to catch this very warm and subtle light mixing it into energetic but not necessarily dramatic or sharp images that catch shards of surrounding industrial colors and textures. I had quite a few styling references and poses sketched up but I also wanted to let the model, Donnet, interact with the locations and use my initial ideas as a starting point. Neira, the stylist, and I spoke about keeping the clothing textures very simple and we would follow inspiration from the location itself. We just seemed to be on the same wavelength. The typical Cape Town South Easter was howling right throughout the shoot so I thought it would be the most appropriate name for the story.

Model: Donnet Dumas
Styling by: Neira Zahirovic
Lenses from my friends at Photohire


November 17, 2010 11:13 am

Jessel (@jsookha)

truly blown away – later days

November 17, 2010 1:16 pm

Justine Stafford (@ifor1)

Beautiful girl – is she still working local or based overseas now?

November 17 2010 15:12 pm

Andrew Brauteseth

Justine, I think she's between here and Paris depending on seasons.

November 22, 2010 2:02 pm

Dan (@

great set

November 22, 2010 2:03 pm

Dan (@dan_lurie)

woops, messed that twitter up royally :)

January 10, 2011 11:51 am

Klaudia (@klaudia_kiki)

Beautiful images, quite inspiring!

January 24, 2011 11:29 pm


Wow! Amazing work! Love her look and the light in these photos creates such a special atmosphere!

May 12, 2011 9:40 am


Wow, she is beautiful

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