Going Home

Another night shot to follow on from last week’s picture. It’s just after sunset and everyone is going home so the vehicle headlights and taillights pick out the grid iron layout of Fingo Village and the Old Municipal Location. The sweeping curve is where Dr Jacob Zuma Drive climbs past Makana’s Kop.

The picture’s taken from above Waterloo Farm on the lower slopes of Mountain Drive – looking across the N2 bypass – with a 150mm lens. It’s another live composite shot. This time each exposure was half a second and there were 600 exposures in all.


Roddy is a self taught photographer whose first camera, a Zeiss Ikon, was bought in 1974 from a second hand dealer in Glasgow. Through the forty years since then, he's taken landscape photographs with Pentax, Olympus and FujiFilm systems for his teaching and research as a geography academic at Kenyatta and Rhodes Universities. He has always been inspired by great nature and landscape photographers such as Nick Brandt, Beth Moon, Obie Oberholzer and Hans Strand. Since taking early retirement he has been able to pursue his passion for photography, published a photobook ’Symmetry in Nature and held three solo exhibitions at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa. 

His landscape photography is about light: often at low angles, of forests, mist and clouds, the night sky and lightning. He prints on different media depending on the affects he wants to produce: brushed aluminium for reflecting angled light; Hahnemühle German Etching paper for soft diffusion; Ilford Metallic Gloss for vibrant night pictures.

His conceptual photography uses mirroring and merging of layers to explore patterns, motifs and the feminine in nature.