I am a 28 year old South African photographer, born in George and living in Cape Town. I am drawn to remote and exotic locations. My idea of a holiday is not sitting on a beach for days on end, it is more along the lines of trekking through the Sahara to photograph rock formations in Chad (yet to be ticked off the bucket list). I love Africa! My dream is to drive from Cape Town to Cairo in a 4×4, stopping when the light is good and moving on when I feel I like my images do justice to the beauty of my surroundings.
It all started…
…On our family holidays to the bush. Where my father (a portrait photographer) taught me about photography. The hobby grew into a passion, which I am sure my dad eventually regretted (although he would never admit it). I would wake him up early in the morning, long before the sunrise, so we could take photos at the beach or elsewhere in the Garden Route. Not only that, but his equipment would inexplicably disappear and end up in my camera bag and hours were spent in the dark room processing films and mixing chemistry.
More than a hobby
I love art. I don’t sketch or paint much anymore, but I believe that photography can capture a moment’s spontaneity in a manner that can’t be done in a painting. I often get asked at exhibitions if my photographs are paintings. It is fantastic to see the wonder on people’s faces when they realise that these are real places of immense beauty… it’s usually roundabout then that the wanderlust kicks in.
Over the years I have travelled to loads of countries including Australia, Botswana, Cambodia, Egypt, India, Israel, Jordan, Namibia, Poland, South Africa, Swaziland, Thailand, Turkey, the UAE, the USA, Zanzibar and Zimbabwe. Travel photography has a unique way of allowing me to immerse myself in the culture and beauty of my surroundings. A life on the road is a dream I hope to turn into reality soon. But in the meantime, it doesn’t hurt living in the most beautiful city in the world (Cape Town, of course).