Focus: Paul van Schalkwyk

Today I introduce to you a photographer that I have long since admired and well, idolized. His photography has shown me places in Namibia that I never knew existed. Many of them I have now visited, but most, I will probably only be able to admire through his work.

Paul van Schalkwyk is/was one of Namibia’s leading photographers. Paul, sadly, passed away a while back in the way he probably would have preferred going – while flying.


Paul van Schalkwyk

Paul’s About Page so clearly states who he was and what he loved doing…

“Photographers always dream of places, their minds and eyes are always
wandering. Flying gives you freedom, it enables you to follow…”

Timing is key. Miles above the earth, travelling at 120 miles per hour, art
can only be produced on intuition, an intuition that is formed and fine-tuned only through years of experience. Years spent filming a pride of lions in Namibia’s Etosha National Game Reserve. Years spent documenting the political transformation that preceded Namibian independence. Years of breathing, seeing, living though the lens…

Here is a link I found that was written in Memorium of Paul and if this doesn’t show his dedication, nothing ever will.

I would love to show you his each and every photo, as they are all good, but please visit his gallery for his photos.

Here are just a few of my favorites. Enjoy!

And here is a video to fully appreciate Paul’s work.

Published by Mariette du Toit

Namibian born and raised, I am the owner Mariette du Toit Photography - where I share photos of the beautiful people I capture in my unique Namibian documentary style and Travelling Namibia where I share travelling tips with travellers across the globe through reviews on the lodges and campsites that I visit.

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