Township Taxi
Some of the pictures I take end up in books, some at exhibitions and others never really see the light of day – Township Taxi is one of those. It’s an overlay of two scenes. The top of the picture was taken in April last year on the corner of High Street and Bathurst Street when a taxi passed me by. I was taking a shot with a long lens of the Observatory Museum down the road and the conductor hanging out of the taxi window called out ‘take one of me’! So I did.
The bottom scene is another long lens shot taken from up in Fingo Village and, if my memory serves me correctly, it was on more or less the same day. I thought there was a good chance that I could overlay the pictures and that the perspectives would blend nicely. I think they did.


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.