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Andrew Brauteseth


When he’s not shooting ad campaigns and fashion editorials or working on his own creative projects, you might find Cape Town photographer Andrew Brauteseth capturing scenes and moments while on a roadtrip somewhere in the Swartland or the Karoo. At home, he’s documented street scenes and architecture, and has rounded up a fair share of his contemporaries and city personalities for a series of compelling portraits. When House and Leisure decided to feature Cape Town’s burgeoning Bree Street district as the May issue Hot Spot, we couldn’t think of a better photographer than Andrew – after all, he’d already captured its heart and soul, as seen in his blog, breestreet.co.za. We asked him more about the project… Why and when did you start it? I started the project about four years ago. I was hanging out in Bree Street a lot and started noticing how many cool new spots were opening. I decided it would be an interesting idea to start documenting the changes through a photography blog, and to try and promote the street as a destination. What is it about Bree Street that captured your imagination? Bree Street feels like a premium version of Long Street. It’s a bit quieter and attracts a lot of hip local regulars and quirky characters. There’s also a beautiful mix of old and new architecture, which makes it a dream to photograph. Any particular favourite Bree Street haunts, and why? Jason Bakery has amazing flat whites and rye-dough sandwiches inspired by unicorns. &Union is the craft beer ‘church’ under St Stephens church. Clarke’s is a great afternoon hangout when you’re pretending to work on your iPad, and DVD Nouveau is great for finding cult films or references for your next photography project. Visit breestreet.co.za for more of Andrew’s inspired snaps of the neighbourhood, and see more of his work on his website and blog, guywithcamera.co.za. Read more about what makes this Cape Town neighbourhood the hot spot it clearly is in I Heart Bree Street, on pages 95 to 97 of the May Easy Living issue. Text: Leigh Robertson Photographs: Andrew Brauteseth