Day 7
I’ve been nominated by my mate Ross Randall to a 25 push-ups for 25 days challenge to hopefully raise awareness for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), anxiety, depression and suicide.
I nominate my mate who will also no doubt love this challenge, Chris Wood
The rules are simple:
*Once you are nominated your 25 days starts the following day.
*Everyday you record yourself doing 25 push-ups even if you have to drop to your knees to get 25
*Every day you must nominate a different person.
Let’s reach as many people as possible.Let’s hope by doing this we can build awareness for different forms of mental distress. You are not alone and we are here for you.
Don’t be afraid to speak out!!!


Before moving back to Grahamstown in Oct 2017, Graeme was a bank executive based in the big smoke and craziness of Joburg. He has 20 years’ experience in the Payments Industry. He is a Chartered Accountant, has a Masters in Management by Research (MMR) from Wits Business School, and attended an Advanced Management Programme (AMP) offered by INSEAD (The Business School for the World!) in France.  

Graeme is the founder of The Grahamstown Project. It’s simple. He says, “Grahamstown is a microcosm of South Africa. If we can’t get this place to function properly then the whole country is stuffed. Many of the troubles we experience as a country today have their roots here in Grahamstown. it is here where black and white people first engaged in conflict on the African continent. It is here where 9 wars of dispossession over 100 years took place and virtually destroyed the amaXhosa nation. But we are where we are. I don’t have a British passport and the boat-trip back to where my ancestors came from is exorbitantly expensive. Furthermore, this is my home. I am a son of Africa. We must work together to redress the injustices of the past and move as one into a brighter future.”

Graeme is an avid historian, writer, vlogger and public speaker. Like and follow the Facebook page. Join him on a tour. Contact him. He would love that.

Day 7

at the Hogsback Inn Hotel on Saturday 27 July (Hogback Winter Celebration 2019)
It’s been my great fortune to visit Scandinavia every year for the past 15 years and, recently, I’ve been able to get far enough north to have some spectacular sightings of the Northern Lights. This week’s photo is one example. It was taken one stormy night in late October above the Arctic Circle in northern Norway. The moon was full and it occasionally lit up the fjord landscape beautifully between heavy snow storms. I had set up my camera in a shady spot and was really lucky that the aurora appeared for a couple of minutes just as the clouds whipped clear.
This is one of the pictures, and fifty more, that I will be showing at next weekend’s Hogsback Winter Celebration. I’m giving an illustrated talk ’To the Northern Lights: a Photographic Journey’ at the Hogsback Inn on Saturday 27 July from 10:00 to 11:00. I’ll have selected prints taken in Finland, Norway and Sweden available for sale after the show. Hope to see you there!


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.