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a Vincent Mounier Photography Blog

New skin for Vincent Mounier Photography!
February 13, 2014
Leading the way towards a new white minimalist skin, the main photo website is now live in its new livery. The new back-end  there is going to allow me to update these galleries much more regularly to reflect the best of this blog's content. Soon, the second stage of the release will involve the long-awaited Print shop where select photos will be available for purchase as fine art prints. Then finally, the blog will be adjusted to a pale skin to match the first two. ...
Changes
February 4, 2014
Ironically, after almost six years in New York City, I have only worked in two of the most iconic areas of the Five Boroughs. Until recently, I commuted daily to the Financial District in Lower Manhattan, right next to the NYSE and a half-a-block away from Wall Street. Our office's bathroom had an unbeatable view of the Statue of Liberty. I had nothing to do with banking or finance, but the guilty ones were all around. Then a week or so ago, having outgrown our space, we m...
Cape Point Blank - Part 2
January 26, 2014
[This part 2 of 2] They did come back in an African summer that was their winter. While New York shrank and shivered in a cold early December, they flew south again and landed smack in the middle of beauty. That second of many visits to Cape Point was a warmer outing and blue skies competed with turquoise seas. The wind, however, kept hauling. They drove along misty cliffs towards the park. Olifantboos having become a ritual destination, they tracked and backtracked....
Cape Point Blank - Part 1
January 18, 2014
Strong of a picnic, four cameras, a SANParks family pass, some time to kill and much freedom to spend, they left the plush Constantia neighborhood under hesitant weather, steering away from Cape Town and towards the Cape of Good Hope. It was wintertime in South Africa and a rainy May had vetoed shorts and t-shirts in favor of jackets and layers. The valiant Landcruiser purred as it stretched its legs and leaped in search of infinite openness. It would not reach a dirt r...
Silvermine, Table Mountain National Park
January 11, 2014
We've been there many times, and if you have been reading this blog for a while, so have you. You will find more images of it in Silvermine on my Mind, A Hike over Muizenberg, South African Flowers and Views of the Cape Peninsula... Silvermine is a section of Table Mountain that is just south of the actual table, separated from it by the Constantiaberg. The area is split in two by Ou Kaapse Weg, a winding road that provides an essential link between the Cape Flats and th...
VMP Print Shop Preview and Underwater Shots
January 4, 2014
In an ironic contradiction, the first gallery to be ported to the upcoming VMP Print Shop section of my website is one that most likely will not be available for prints. My underwater images were taken many years ago when I lived in Little Cayman, with a two megapixel Powershot A20 Canon point-and-shoot. This was circa 2002-2005. I can barely believe this was a first digital camera after having forgotten my entire Minolta X700 kit and multiple lenses in a Spanish hotel roo...
A Drive Up Chapman's Peak
A picturesque, cliff-side road leading south from Hout Bay to Noordhoek and then either Fish Hoek or Kommetjie, Chapman's Peak Drive (Chappies for the locals)  is aerial and exposed. To circumvent Chapman's Peak, an extension of the Constantiaberg, the drive was carved right into the mountainside, high above the shiny waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Frequent rock falls have yielded the need for advanced protective engineering and entire sections of the slope above the road hav...
Chameleons revisited
December 26, 2013
I guess we all have habits, rituals that create a protective comfort bubble within which to feel safe. Here is one of mine: As soon as practical after arriving in Cape Town, I pay my chameleons a visit with my cameras. They live in four specific trees in a Constantia green belt and have been there as long as I have visited, almost seven years now. I have rarely seen them anywhere else, but on that spot, regular as clockwork, I normally find five to twelve of them within a ...
Flight
December 23, 2013
This is an aerial medley of two trips to South Africa. Last summer's flight was on South African Airways, with the Kruger in our sights. Then this winter, we flew Virgin Atlantic. Whoever is cheaper wins our dollars. I wasn't so impressed with Virgin. When you buy thirty-eight hours worth of airborne time from an airline, the least they can do nowadays is supply you with decent entertainment. Virgin's video system either had a defective remote or failed to start on time on al...
The Long Flight from Freedom
December 14, 2013
As modern South Africa mourns her father and leads the world through an unprecedented mega-media, uber-political and cheesy-flashy ride, and while Marie momentarily stays behind in the beautiful land of fynbos, I am now flying home to Harlem to tackle reality, trying not to forget that freedom is in the eye of the beholder. When taxes eat up in excess of 40% of one's income, when the over-achievement race turns relative victories into as many failures to gather more, when ...
Godspeed Madiba
December 6, 2013
South Africa was a late discovery for me. Back in the days when Apartheid was in full swing, I remained blissfully unaware of the struggle and names like Pretoria and Soweto were parked deep in my ignorance alongside places such as Beirut, Phnom Penh or Chernobyl. Pockets of deep trouble and suffering, far away, difficult to understand, either politically explosive, economically ravaged or socially tortured. Or all the above. It was only recently, long after Mandela had r...
Strange Signs
December 5, 2013
There have been fewer and fewer leopard toad attacks on humans since the signs were put up. Still, we roll our windows up when driving through the area. And I love the ideograms on the SANParks signs; one should never walked behind a group of three people, and taking pictures is encouraged but star gazing is not... Ye have been warned! ...