Cathy Prettejohn’s photographic images leave a gentle wake. They seem painterly; floating against sun-bleached canvas horizons they speak through what’s left unseen. Fifteen years ago a girlhood hobby that had never quite released its hold drew her in a fresh, mid-life direction when she made the bold decision to resign from her profession as a schoolteacher and rebrand herself as a fine art photographer; in itself a return to her origins. “My sister and I grew up on a farm near Dullstroom and later White River in South Africa. I guess I consider myself a farm girl at heart. We’re a very close family, and we spent many weekends and holidays in the Kruger National Park, which instilled in me my love and passion for the bush and nature. I went to boarding school at 13 and was drawn to the photographic club. I started experimenting with taking pictures and developing images in the school darkroom. My interest was ignited and continued from there.”
I’m an experienced lifestyle journalist. I also do research on pretty much anything. I live in Ireland and Africa and work anywhere. I’ll hop on a plane – or a dugout canoe come to think of it – at the drop of a hat.
Here you can read some of my articles about places, spaces and people. My motto is ‘live well, go far, stay curious’ and the type of stories I like to cover always tick at least one of those ideas, often more.
Put a Sabi Sands private lodge in the hands of two architects and a style maven and you get a
Artisan Javier Medina weaves with esparto grass, a traditional craft native to Spain’s expansive inland Extramadura region where he grew