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Private Practice

Published: North and South Issue 346
Words by Chris van Ryn
 
The course of Peter Charlesworth's life was changed by a free book in a "two for one" deal from a mail order catalogue. A successful vascular surgeon, he'd been in practice 25 years. But after reading The complete Guide to repairing and Restoring Furniture, he closed down his surgery in Auckland and moved his familyt to England, where he enrolled at the Little Surrenden Workshop in Kent.

The Canon G7x Review

 
Published: D-Photo Magazine 2015, Canon Powershot G7x Review
Words and Photography: Chris van Ryn
 
I lift the Canon Powershot G7x out of the box: a matte-black rectangle, heavier than expected. It feels robust.
 
There are two top dials - mode selection and a dedicated exposure compensation. Nice. Their edges are textured and there is a precise click on rotation. Despite this, they are stiff to turn. Theres a control ring around the lens to which various functions can be assigned. Really nice, reminiscent of my film cameras.

The Future of Photography

Published: D-Photo Magazine 2015
Words by Chris van Ryn
 
You don't have to examine the tea leaves too closley to get the feeling photography is on the precipice of unique change - Chris van Ryn examines the most recent upheavles in the industry, and projects the ramifications into the future. Read more: The Future of Photography

Facing Mecca

Words and Illustrations by Chris van Ryn

Bombay, India

At full tide the causeway will be submerged, overwhelmed not only by the rising water but by floating debris: drink cartons, rusty tins, broken toys, a torn shoe, plastic bags filled with rotting food, a dead animal, all collected and held captive in pockets along the causeway by the incessant motion of the sea. Sleek black crows will tease away at the plastic bags to pick at the rotting food. At low tide, the sea bed is a cesspit, home to scuttling, beady eyed rats. When the warm wind blows the stench is overpowering.

Read more: Facing Mecca

An Icy Dip

Words by Chris van Ryn

“By all outward appearances,
our life is a spark of light
between one eternal darkness
and another”

I am standing on water. It fills the largest and oldest lake in the world. There is so much water – a mind boggling 23,000 cubic kilometres – that it owns 20 percent of the planets fresh water. From space, it is seen as a giant, crescent shaped gash in the earths crust. What is remarkable about this lake is that it is so deep and so clear that swimmers can suffer vertigo while taking a summer’s dip.

Read more: An Icy Dip

To Love Honour and Stray

North and South Magazine
Words by Chris van Ryn

“Have you ever been with a prostitute?"

The question comes out of the blue. I’m at an exclusive restaurant with two close friends, B and S - both middle aged, well off and working for top companies in the corporate sector.
B takes a sip of sherry, then says, “I had an affair, not so long ago”.
I look at him. I’ve known these guys for ten years.
B shrugs his shoulders. His wife, he says, simply lost interest in sex.

Read more: To Love Honour and Stray

Full Frontal

ProDesign Magazine
Words and Photograph by Chris van Ryn

READERS MAY REMEMBER THE changeover from imperial to metric. But how many of us have a good understanding of the origins of measurement? In an effort to standardise measurements, the metric system has been adopted by the majority of the world, except for a few notables such as the US. The establishment of the metric system of weights and measurements was one of the significant results of the French Revolution. European scientists had, for many years, discussed the desirability of a new uniform and rational system to replace the variants that existed in the imperial system, which made scientific communication difficult.

Read more: Full Frontal

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