Click on the thumbnail below to view a picture gallery featuring photos by Rob Southey and Dave Stott –just a few off the images that will be featured in a photo CD, which will be on sale shortly, together with a DVD of all the meetings at the 2012 KMMC.
Middelburg farmer and keen photographer, Rob Southey, together with Kenton-On-Sea freelance photographer David Stott are producing a Karoo Mighty Men CD/DVD package that will enable viewers to relive, share and experience the event, while at the same time sowing into the sustainability of the event itself.
The CD will capture the Mighty Men weekend in photos, and the DVD will include the inspiring messages of the four weekend speakers Douglas Baartman, Andries Botha, Johnny Louw and Angus Buchan; the moving worship sessions led by Retief Burger and Joe Niemand; and memorable moments such as the prayers led by the popular 1928 Brigade — three veteran farmers born in that year. Judging by the superb quality of the photos I have seen (see gallery above) the package will be great value at R250. Also on the drawing board, for the future, is a coffee table book with great photos of the Karoo Mighty Men Conference.
Southey, who farms merino sheep, cattle and crops in the area, and who has attended six out of the seven KwaZulu-Natal Mighty Men Conferences on Buchan’s farm, Shalom, and served on the KMMC organising committee in 2011 and 2012 as photographer and media representative, said that proceeds from the sale of the package would go to the organising committee to help cover the substantial hosting costs. The package will be marketed through the Karoo Mighty Men website.
“What an awesome experience for us farmers in the Karoo to host such a life changing conference where men, fathers and sons can come and be still before the Lord and experience his love and peace! Angus has really blessed the people of our country with his vision,” said Southey after a busy weekend of documenting the event.
A hobby photographer with a passion for landscape photography, he said the biggest challenge of photographing the conference was the tricky lighting.
“Last year I started in the deep end and by the end of the weekend I had an idea what I was doing. The night meetings are a challenge as the lighting on the speakers is minimal, there is a lot of light coming from behind around the stage. This year we pushed the cameras to the limit capturing the crowd as well as the heavenly stars above, this required a high iso setting and a steady hand.
“Capturing action and emotion is important in an event like this, but one has to be careful not to get too personal with people at times, they need their space. It was good capturing people in fellowship and prayer around the campsite, children playing games, and running around freely.
“I am very grateful to my new friend Dave Stott who volunteered his services as assistant photographer!”
Stott, a fulltime freelance photographer who left the corporate world to work with the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem from 2000 to 2004, brought considerable event photography experience to the occasion. He has worked at the Feast of Tabernacles celebration in Jerusalem every year for the past 12 years — in administration and as a photographer in the last five years.