Looking back, I had always thoroughly enjoyed taking pictures, spending countless hours figuring out the post production techniques.
I then only capture a frame when I feel truly compelled to. I think this natural state of awareness of the feeling and the moment, as opposed to forcing an image with careful planning and multiple shots, has developed from starting with analogue film cameras.
I feel that my best work is created when I am neutral and “listening”, the choices becoming intuitive as I shoot what pleases me, for myself.
In my later years, once I have become more comfortable with the technicalities of capturing images, I have really started to question the content of my imagery, and the responsibility I have as someone lucky enough to be working with these incredibly powerful mediums.I’m shifting the focus of my work to explore different themes and ideas within my own life, and those around me. It’s a challenge in this current world full of distractions, but I am constantly reminding myself to focus on stories that create a feeling within me, instead of simply sharing another pretty picture.
I’ve come to realise how easy it is to create negative habits and perceptions of our surroundings in our mind, and have been working hard internally to replace these habits with a positive outlook. I would like my photography to be an extension of this view.
It’s just my personal opinion, but if I can give someone an alternative way of looking at something that is usually viewed negatively, then this shift in perception has achieved my goal. This enormous opportunity for change is especially relevant within our beautiful continent.
Just one of the reasons that makes this place so unique, is the amazing beauty is contrasted by raw danger. Everything is not always as it seems, and this balance is what keeps me madly in love with it. Trying to describe South Africa in words (and all African countries for that matter), is impossible, it is something you have to experience for yourself, and I would obviously recommend this to everyone.