Afrika Burn 2016 with the Fujifilm XT1

Afrika Burn is a yearly festival which is held in the Karoo desert in South Africa and could be likened to a giant playground for adults. It is a space to dance under the stars, ride around on bikes, dress as your inner diva, give gifts to strangers, look at art and have a ride in a mutant vehicle. It is also a place where the values of every day life are left at the door and people are encouraged to serve those around them for the sake of it. There is nothing that can be bought or sold at Afrika Burn other than ice. There are no adverts or expectations … Just a safe space to find yourself, loose yourself and be yourself.

At Afrika Burn I am constantly torn between feeling the need to shoot absolutely every single last thing that passes before my eyes and feeling the need to put my camera down and be truly immersed in the moment. I think that most photographers feel this internal struggle. Riaan and I weren’t going to go this year but the FOMO got to me in the end and we decided to fly down at the last minute for the weekend. Because we had such a short time this year Fujifilm kindly loaned me their XT1 mirrorless camera to play with. Thank you so much to Hein for being so incredibly generous. I will tell you more about this in another blog post. Also huge thanks to my sister Lisa and her husband Ty for lending us all the camping gear! We couldn’t have done it without you!


  1. Judith Belle on May 5, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Aaah man, Jacki! This is so absolutely awesome! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Jeanette Verster on May 5, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Such incredible photos! I’d love to get there one day… except I hate the camping idea LOL!

  3. Dillon Kin on May 5, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Jacki, again awesome photos from the Burn. Makes me really want to go one day! ha ha.

  4. Vicky on May 5, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Frekkin awesome! I keep on going back to the blue umbrella one, mind blown! Can’t wait to hear what you think of the Fujifilm.

  5. Leandre Longmore on May 5, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Wow, amazing images. I would love to experience it one day!

  6. Loren Griffin on May 5, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Wow Jacki, your photos are always so inspiring to me. You are an amazing photographer!!!

  7. Rensche on May 5, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    These images!!!!! Love them so much!

  8. Casey on May 6, 2016 at 9:12 am

    These are amazing Jax!!! So stunning x

  9. genee schock on May 6, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Awesome pics .
    We are the doll people btw xxxxx

  10. Leasa on May 7, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Incredible shots.. You can see the difference with them being shot on film rather than digital. The clarity is incredible, but your viewpoint is also unique. I love the one of the guy who is a Shiva face, but he’s also a Zulu warrior, whilst holding Neptune’s fork, a snake and an umbrella and probably a bowl of breakfast. All or nothing kind a guy.Sums up most peoples’s headspace..

  11. Lana on May 7, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Such fantastic photos! I absolutely love the image with the unicorn and the sun flare in it. I’ve got a Fuji X-E1 and it’s awesome.

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