GERRIT REDPATH - ACE FLY FISHING PHOTOGRAPHER
Gerrit is a keen and now widely experienced fly fisher living in Bloemfontein about whom I feel a little guilty. Our paths first crossed when I’d just published Hunting Trout. I was on my countrywide, six week sales pitch trip with my truck loaded up with 700 copies of the book. I left Cape Town at sparrows and stopped over at his place for the night to deliver the copy he’d ordered by email. I’d never met the man before that but he insisted I stay over and we talked deep into the night. Since then we have become great friends, fished together a bit, communicated a lot and in some ways I was, I guess, at least partly responsible for encouraging him into fly fishing photography. And with that, into ever increasingly expensive camera gear and lenses! I’d be guessing, but I’d say that he started his photography less than three years ago. Have a look at where he is now! He has an incredible eye for the absurd, a perfect vision on composition and he has become a really great amateur photographer. I asked him for a DVD of his work and will post some of his images piecemeal over the next few weeks. He does a lot of fishing around Clarens and the Golden Gate area as well as Rhodes in the Eastern Cape. Check out this small taste of his work and see if you get the same feeling about his images and his talents that I have.
Gerrit (far right) with friends
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