I was fortunate to meet legendary South African rugby photographer Wessel Oosthuizen on the sidelines of the Indian Recreation Club opposite the Hong Kong Stadium. The Springboks were going through their pre-tournament paces ahead of the 2010 Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens. Seeing him snapping away was a great honour because I have been a fan of Wessel ever since I started BlitzBokke.com.
Wessel Oosthuizen is, as far as I know, retired but it seems that there are other lens-men back home eager to fill the legend’s ample shoes on the tram-lines of the rugby pitches of South Africa.
Thanks to the team at Rugby15 I have come to know of the talents of one such photo-journalist plying his trade on the Currie Cup scene in South Africa.
Gerhard Steenkamp started taking action photos in 1984 and since then his work has been widely published in all the major magazines and newspapers in South Africa.
Over 30 of these photos have been used as front covers on these magazines. Recently Gerhard got a lot of his work published abroad specially in the UK and also in Australia and New Zealand.
At the moment Gerhard specializes in swimming, soccer and rugby but sport in general won’t stop him from capturing the action. His knowledge of various sports has stood him in good stead over the years.
Lens-men. Gerhard Steenkamp in the black cap (Pic: Gerhard Steenkamp on FaceBook)
As a Saffa on this side of the noodle-gordyn watching the games from South Africa on the telly and especially on the internet, seeing the action through Gerhard’s lens does just that extra bit to bring the action and especially the gees in the stadium so much closer.
Gees. As captured by Gerhard Steenkamp
If you’re ever in Hong Kong for the Sevens Gerhard, and we hope it’s sooner rather than later…
the first five beers are on us.
This is Hong Kong.
We go large!
Here are some more of Gerhard Steenkamp’s work:
Sarel Pretorius during the Griquas vs Leopards match in Kimberley on 17 September 2010
Naas Olivier kicking for goal during the Griquas vs Leopards match in Kimberley on 17 September 2010
Jongi Nokwe en Gerhard van den Heever during the Cheetahs vs Bulls match on 11 September 2010.
(I hope Cathay Pacific and Credit Suisse or any Hong Kong Sevens sponsors are reading this!)