Languid and relaxed, is how I imagine the life of this boatman on Lake Malawi in 2013. A genial, happy character, from the paradisical Cape Maclear he took us to diving spots and sought out the fish eagle featured in last week’s image. I cannot recall his name as the notebook in which I wrote it has been misplaced; that happens when travelling lots and meeting people who play bit-roles in the narrative…
A French holiday-maker at South Africa’s Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape province. He came specifically to surf Supertubes. His wife and kids were back at their rented beach house. Jeffreys Bay is one of the five most famous surfing destinations in the world, and hosts the annual Billabong Pro ASP World Tour surfing event at Super Tubes next month (July 6-17).
Fish eagle, late sunset, Lake Malawi. I was lying in a canoe, resting my lens on the prow of the fishing boat we’d hired. It was not the quickest 500mm lens and the light was low, so when pushing the shutter button I had to ask the balancing boatman, his buddy and my colleague, to tense their abs and hold their collective breath.
About Angus Begg
Angus is serious about his craft. A CNN award-winning television producer, he was the first South African broadcast journalist to report from the chaos of Somalia in 1992.
He went on to cover the Rwandan genocide of '94 and South Africa's first democratic elections the same year, for which he was nominated for the national public service radio awards.
It was these episodes in Somalia and Rwanda that took him the roundabout route to the fields of travel and environment, in which he now writes, produces and photographs.