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Pierre F. Lombard

This blog serves as a meta-discussion for my life. Beyond the day-to-day activities of building a meaningful life, I express my humanity through writing, photography and film. My hope is that my writing will help you gain perspective on the big questions of life, and that my photography and film will kindle deep rooted and unarticulated emotions. 

If you explore just one thing on my site, I hope you discover my blog post, “To Love.” It might be a challenging read for some, but I'm sure it will help you ask some important questions about your worldview and perspective.

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I am not a self-made man. I am lucky to have a supportive family, remarkable friends and successful mentors from whom I glean wisdom and hope to gain valuable perspective.

"An unexamined life is not worth living."
—Plato

I value self-development and continuously aim to expand my understanding of the human condition. I do this through reading, podcasts, and conversations with likeminded individuals.

Some recent inspirational books include:

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Nobel Prize laureate, Daniel Kahneman
  • “Homo Deus” by historian Yuval Noah Harari who also authored 'Sapiens' 
  • “Surely, you must be joking, Mr. Feynman.” by physicist and cultural icon, Richard P. Feynman.
  • 'Creativity, Inc.' by the founder and President of Pixar Animation Studios.

Finally, two quotes that I value and aim to assimilate successfully into my thinking and into any project I pursue:

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.”
—Ernest Hemingway
“If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”
—Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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What does 'Vasgevang' mean? It is from the Afrikaans language and means 'to capture' or to be 'trapped.'  As the practice of mindfulness suggests, I am evermore aware of the mental constructs that we create and fall prey to. For this reason, I continuously aim to understand, explore and discover the essence of being 'alive'.

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MY WORK IN THE MEDIA

Photography featured on the cover of "A Century of Symphony" for the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. Available in all major bookstores.

Interview for Cinemuse on Dagbreek (KykNet, DSTV) March 2014 >> watch

Photography featured in Wine Spectator California July 2013

Photography featured in Marie Claire South Africa 2013

Interview for Cinemuse on De Kat TV (KykNet, DSTV) November 2013 >> watch

Featured on Pasella (KykNet, DSTV) 2012

Interview for Cinemuse in Elle Magazine 2011

Interview for Cinemuse in Rapport, South African Nationwide Newspaper 2011