West Coast Sandveld
South Africa
Photography Field Workshop
11 – 16 SEPTEMBER 2018


  • At the Kersefontein Workshop we aim to explore photography as creative medium and assist photographers to develop their unique expressive creativity.
  • The programme includes theme-based presentations, field instruction and daily evaluation and feedback.
  • Intermediate and advanced photographers are welcome to attend.
  • Photographers compile a personal portfolio during the workshop.

Themes explored include:

  • Photography and Modern Art
  • Cultivating Conscious Camerawork
  • Digital Art
  • From Object to Subject and Beyond
  • Symbolism in Photography,
  • Abstract Photography
  • Conceptual Photography
  • Expressive Portraiture
  • Story Line Photography
  • Visual Narrative

Techniques explored include:

  • The Camera as Creative Tool
  • Digital Black & White (Nik, Photoshop)
  • Collage & Compositing (Photoshop)
  • Stop Motion


  • The venue for the workshop is the historical farm of Kersefontein in the Sandveld region of South Africa’s Cape West Coast. Kersefontein is situated between the towns of Hopefield and Velddrif. The wheat and livestock farm with its fine old Cape Dutch homestead has been in the Melck family for eight generations. Now owned by Julian Melck, Kersefontein’s way of life and ambience is reminiscent of its rich history.
  • As a photography location, Kersefontein offers that elusive patina of a world-gone-by sought after by photographers and film producers.
  • For more information, please visit: www.kersefontein.co.za


Anita and Willem have been presenting the Kersefontein Fine Art Photography Workshop for the past eight years. Through the years they refined the format of the workshop to accommodate a small number of photographers, creating an environment and programme that assist photographers in breaking the mould of preconceived ideas and restrictive rules about the medium of photography. They have assisted many participants in finding their own rhythm and voice as creative photographers.

Anita de Villiers : Her photography does not sit comfortably within one genre, and her fields of specialization include nature and wildlife, landscape, expressive portraiture, figure in landscape and culture. During the past ten years, her focus turned to the genre of Fine Art Photography. Both her creative photography and writing are presently guiding her energy into the genre of visual narrative. During the past five years she worked on Collections that include Earth Animals, BC AC and Walk Away that have been exhibited at the Imbizo Gallery in Ballito, Umhlanga and Hoedspruit,  artSPACE in Durban, and Branderskloof Annual Pop-up Gallery in the Overberg.

Willem Oets : Willem was introduced to photography as a creative medium in 1991. He became well known for his landscape and abstract work before venturing into his present very personal genre of photography. He explores the sensuality of natural light and captures a fragile and delicate emotion in his pictures. His work reveals layers of thought and feeling and brings contemplation to art photography. He describes himself as a visual observer responding to gesture and expression.


  • Accommodation for 5 nights and 6 days (11 - 16 September) is on Kersefontein farm
  • Cost is R18 950 (single and double). The cost is per person and includes accommodation, meals, workshop fees and model fees. Excluded are all travel cost and beverages other than tea and coffee.
  • A deposit of 50% secures a reservation. Please note that bookings cannot be held without the payment of a deposit. The balance is payable 30 days before commencement of the workshop. Internet bank payments are preferred.
  • Request a Registration Form from adevill@iafrica.com.
  • Note that this is a popular workshop and early registration is advised.
  • Cancellations received more than 60 days prior to the first day of the workshop, 50% of the deposit is refundable. For cancellations less than 30 days prior to the workshop, no refund is payable, unless the vacancy is filled, in which case 50% of the deposit will be refunded. 
  • If the workshop is cancelled for any unforeseen reason, you will be notified and your deposit will be fully refunded. Anita de Villiers Photography does not accept responsibility for any other costs incurred by participants.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER. CONTACT ANITA: adevill@iafrica.com . +27 82 873 7345


  • Camera & Lenses
  • Tripod (preferably Manfrotto #190or #055)
  • Laptop or notebook with Photoshop (CS5, CS6 or CC). It is recommended that you also download Nik software, including Silver Efex Pro in the package, available from Google
  • Card reader 
  • Memory cards, batteries and battery charger
  • Electrical extension lead and multi-plug
  • Flash drive / memory stick marked with your name


  • Bring both warm and cool clothes for the unpredictable spring weather. Dressing in layers is recommended. It can still be very cold in the Sandveld during this time, so please consult your weather app before packing
  • Umbrella or rain jacket and cover for your equipment
  • Comfortable walking shoes, a hat or cap and sun block


Please find the directions and maps on the Kersefontein (www.kersefontein.co.za) website
Google Earth Co-ordinates: 32°54'10.32"S 18°19'50.38"E


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