photo by kobus tollig

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 Lovewhich is now also published on Thrive Global. For some, it might be a challenging read, but I'm sure it will help you ask important questions about your worldview and help you gain new perspective on life.

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I am lucky to have a supportive family, remarkable friends and successful mentors from whom I glean wisdom and hope to gain valuable perspective.

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.

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

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 into my thinking and into the projects 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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PUBLICATIONS AND MEDIA

Article, To Love, published on Thrive Global, Nov 2017

Photograph selected for 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 on Marie Claire South Africa 2013

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

Interview for Cinemuse in Elle Magazine 2011

Interview for Cinemuse in Rapport, South African Nationwide Newspaper 2011