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Goodbye Dylan Geldenhuys

Goodbye Dylan Geldenhuys

by Roger Young / 25.10.2010

The last time I spoke to Dylan, we fought. He had just shot a job for Mahala and had approached it typical Dyl style, chasing tangents, breezing through smiling and generally putting a spin on it that was outside of my preconceived idea of the pictures. After that I never saw him again. I left a message on his FB wall for his birthday, referencing our rift, Dyl shrugged it off, like it had never happened, forgiveness was automatic for him; I knew that the next time we saw each other we would be back to how it always was; Riding around in cars, to beaches, to mountains, talking about the universe, psychedelics, photography and the tricky nature of girls. Except I never saw him again. Sometime last week, Dylan was beamed up.

He was at Kunal Pathari, near Dharamsala in India, on a spiritual retreat, he was interested in a deeper form of meditation, from the reports it seems that Dylan went outside, into his beloved mountains, to meditate and sometime, while doing so, passed away. The police report says he died of exposure but knowing Dylan, the truth is more likely that he just meditated the fuck out of here.

Dylan was many things to many people but there was always one constant, even in the darkest of times, he was smiling, a wise fool, treating earthly existence some beautiful, lovely joke. Looking back at the way he communicated with everyone in his last few weeks, it now seems that Dylan was preparing to leave, maybe this is just our way of dealing with this, but even in photographs it seems his vibrations were increasing. Anyway this is not about us, or even about anything composed of matter, or even about anything inside of our perceptions really. Dylan Geldenhuys will be missed, sure, but he filled us up with so much while he was here that we can have nothing but gratitude for his time with us. Dylan spread light and then he became light.

You can check out some of Dylan’s work for Mahala below:
Cubicle Hardcore.
Yoav to do Better.

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  1. saskia says:

    he was my soulbrother and best friend. and i feel strangely strong and at peace about it

    he passed away alone in the mountains of india whilst meditating. fucking awesome if you ask me

    i am just so blessed to have had a friend like dyl. he only showed love and no judgement and was sooooooo much fun.

    i will miss him madly forever. but respect his journey beyond.

    Quit your job.
    Get a ticket.
    Take a trip.
    Get a tan.
    Fall in love.
    Never look back.
    RIP Dylan

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  2. sleaze says:

    Hambani kahle mate a fitting way to go for a true free spirit!

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  3. irmela schmortte says:

    see you in heaven dylan, never met you ,but your pics tell stories about you,i` sure you had a good ride on your way up where you wanted to be,until then, send us your star, love dicky

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  5. Anonymous says:

    dylan understood the world intuitively like a child. he was a son, a father, a brother and a lover. and he was happier naked in the moonlight than indoors with clothes on. he was the best person to have along on a hike in nature. he felt more comfortable on strong psychedelics than he was with city life. he had a winning smile. girls wanted to mother him, but he was always much wiser than they thought. he took beautiful pictures. he said the most profound things before passing out. his last words on facebook were:

    quit your job. get a ticket. take a trip. get a tan. fall in love. never look back.

    he left the mortal world meditating in the mountains above dharmasala. the man is my fucking hero.

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  6. Big cynic says:

    Wow, I didn’t know meditating was so dangerous! Is there an international warning out there to inform us?

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  7. Bradley Abrahams says:

    still one of the most full tilt ppl I have ever had the pleasure of befriending.

    some crazy times D … peace

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