P.09 SPECIAL EDITION | CONRAD BESTER | C O N R A D iCal
Where do I start? Conrad Bester is C O N R A D iCal. He is blue eyed with a hint of hippy gangster. Aside from having the looks of a Nordic god, (my personal pet-name for him), being tall, I mean, super human tall and talented – handsome – just doesn’t cut it, he is also one of our feature photographers at Platform09.
UNTIL RECENT YEARS, HE DIDN’T EVEN BOTHER WEARING SHOES!
We met at a bar .. We did! And while I doubt he even liked me much then, I was fierce & he was a hippy (hee hee). We worked back-to-back for a couple of years in one of Cape Towns hottest spots.
Naturally, I won’t mention the name here, but if you know, then you know & if you don’t then you’ll know that bar time is so ooover!
When you are sweating for tips & making it look easy , through load shedding (power cuts) & drunkards, one learns the true meaning of having someone’s back & best believe: a friendship built on that kind of trust , has no option but to last…
Fast forward a couple of years and my Odin, leaves Cape Town: The city that’ll make you in the day & break you at night ( Yes she’s killed more than just a few good men…) He steps onto a cruise ship & proceeds to conquer the world, camera of course & the firm belief that some growing up be done .
I remember a call from Australia, or was it New Zealand? Connie joked, ‘Imaan , Mac Qua Quay – I just bought my first suit bud!‘ I thought: classic Nordic god behaviour.
Eventually, the inevitable return home. This time, with shoes on! Connie was a little naffed by having contributed to killing earth, what with all the pollution that cruise ships are responsible for, but suffice to say – he hates ships now .. (Tip: working for the MAN will do that to you).
A worthy Platform09 Headliner is born & you didn’t even see him coming!
Ever determined, he begins taking pictures and working the Cape Town Film industry on sets like Chanel TVC, Cinderella (Feature film) & reality shows I’m not allowed to mention here! Its very soon that I get my YES & Connie proceeds to shoot the shit outta Salik Harris’s Leaf Apparel range for Platform09.
Leaf Apparel Range and P.09 | view the shoot below. Remember this shoot was done city centre, stealth mode, at night and with a very tight crew.
I am ever thankful for his contribution.
P.09 COLLECTION | Imaan MacQuena | PHOTOGRAPHY – Conrad Bester
My Odin took shots of me on the promenade beach, with braids in my hair … See the portfolio HERE: http://www.imaanmacquena.com/portfolio-items/conrad-bester-photography/
FACT 1 – He only had 20 mins, there’s talent for sure.
FACT 2 – He will shoot for money, not bullshit, mkay?!
FACT 3 – I’m this Misters Sister.
Thank you Connie, for your time, friendship & solid support over the years, you rock bud !!!
Platform.09, our favorite stop.