James has been interested in nature all his life. He grew up in Joburg, and still remembers the wonder he felt when he saw fynbos for the first time on holiday in Betty’s Bay at the age of 12. His work has always been environment-related: he has an Honours in Environmental Studies from UCT, and has worked in the areas of waste management, energy conservation, and more recently as a contractor for SANParks and CapeNature, where he has been building and maintaining footpaths. Through this latter work he has come to know his beloved Table Mountain and its surrounds even more intimately, as evident in this collection of photographs. These micro images are all shot in natural light in the original setting. They are in many ways a merging of botany and art: James plays with composition and atmosphere rather than just focusing on the anatomical shot, and his photos reflect his passion for his subjects: the microlife of Cape flora.

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