Interview with the photographer
Pieter Pitout (jr.) has no formal photography education and taught himself how to use a camera. His fascination with clouds stem from childhood and has not abated since then.
He is studying to be a helicopter pilot, so he literally has his head in the clouds on a regular basis, but took some time off from his studies to help with the opening of Rooiberg Safaris Lodge. On the farm he helps with everything from fixing quad-bikes to building, and of course, photography, because there's an unending demand for new photos. Even though photography is only a hobby to him, he seems not to fare so badly.
All photos where taken in a week on Rooiberg Safaris, and most from the Patio, which can be noticed in the mountain formations, some in which Towerkop is displayed, which is a National Landmark and can be seen in the stunning view from the Lodge.
When interviewed, these where his answers:
Q: "Why do you love clouds so much?"
A: "I don't know. Clouds are awesome."
Q: "What inspires you? What was your inspiration to take these marvellous pictures?"
A: "I love clouds."
Q: "Do you take other photos as well? What else fascinates you?"
A: "Yes. Everything."
Q: "Why do these photos differ so much from each other?"
A: "Because every cloud is unique."
Q: "Yes, but other photographers would not have had the same effects. Why do you get such an extreme variation in colour, composition and exposures?"
A: "They should play more. If you set the ISO on a hundred and you push up the shutter-speed very high, you get photos in which the colours are almost completely desaturated to almost black and white photos. Should you take the exact same photo on a very low shutter-speed, it creates these stunning colours, which is so moody and dark, with patches of dark grey to light blues and everything in between. Also, I like to focus manually, just to see what happens. The swallow photos in which the swallow was in focus is also cool, but just not as much as these. Besides, I wanted the clouds to be the thing people look at. Or if you put the Aperture and Shutter-Speed to very low in the evening, against all tradition, play with the ISO, all kinds or weird effects happen."
Pieter insisted that these photos not be edited, because that's how National Geographic does it.
It was cropped to 9 x 16, to display the photos in a landscape beautiful, flowing way.
"I have a dream..."
Words that inspired a whole country to move in a different direction. When you decide on a dream, the going can get quite tough, very fast. Deciding to have a different view, daring to look at the world from what might be considered: 'not the norm' Challenging every belief that our dream not only cán be achieved, but flourish, has proven to be an arduous, emotionally horrible and time-consuming challenge beyond belief.
But is that why you have a dream? Because you dare to. You dare to think differently, dare to take chances and believe in what you're doing.
It only takes one visit to the lodge and farm to see why the dream stays alive.
The peace, quiet, sacredness of game walking free, the wonder of walking between plants internationally unique and believing that this is worth protecting at all costs.
Co-Owners Pieter & Elsofie Pitout decided to choose to rather a dream than follow. Daring to believe, rather than the slavery of an ordinary life. A really tough journey that took every once of determination and will they could muster. But 100% worth it.
Come look for yourself what nature can do for you!
Elsofie Pitout started out small, by opening and maintaining a 16 page newspaper for the small town Utrecht. She moved to Cape Town to finish a degree in Photography, Graphic Design & Marketing. After opening a studio, where she did portrait, corporate & fashion photography as well as the online marketing for several companies, she took a personal break of a year before tackling the task of marketing Rooiberg Safaris' marketing, as well as developing and establishing the Lodge as co-owner and founder. Rooiberg Safaris built, furnished and profitable in less than a year, the alternative route and view that co-owners Pieter & Elsofie chose, clearly a winning recipe.