Heartfelt Greetings

My name is Paula Rutherford.

My grassroots

upwards and onwards

I was born in England. Our family emigrated to South Africa on board the Pendennis Castle Line, when I was 10 years old.

Fast forward another ten years and I graduated as a mechanical draughtswoman, designing underground drilling equipment for the mines.

During the next decade I taught CAD (Computer Aided Design).


We had the fantastic opportunity to expand our horizons for nine years. We lived, travelled and 100% experienced, the lesser known countries of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, filtering across and down to Turkey and Mozambique.

What an experience. What an honour.

It was during this time period that photography shook my roots. I photographed first on film and then moved across to digital, capturing every person and nuance along the road. Always ready for a new challenge, I became an English radio announcer in a Russian, pre-communistic, dilapidated building - for which I was paid the handsome sum of $1 a day. I wrote articles and photographed for a local magazine, plagiaristically named National Geographic as well as for Lale Magazine in Turkey. Tutoring English to delightful expatriate children and mothers from Korea, Japan and Germany was another highlight.

We returned to South Africa. 13 wonderful years followed, opening and running Getpix Creative College. I employed 14 staff and together we taught in excess of 2300 part time and 1 year students studying, photography, graphic design, make up artistry and sound engineering.

Covid arrived. Getpix sadly left the stage.

Now it is my time.

image: john roux

IMAGE: JOHN ROUX - Afrika Burn