I am a Johannesburg based photographer specialising in music and portrait photography. Instead of do the ‘usual’ write up I thought it may be better to post an extract of a few interviews that I have done. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding my photography/gear/techniques. Always happy to help.
Q : How would you describe your photography?
A : Today everyone’s a photographer, just like everyone’s an artist or poet. Art should never be just the forte of artists. It should be a way for people to express and understand their world. Where it gets diluted is when it’s used as a vehicle for self promotion. The public deserves better and is becoming more discerning. This is one of my pet peeves. Because of how small the SA music industry is and how small music photography, we accept mediocrity. I would like to think that when you see my photo’s you are seeing what I thought was my best work at the time. I hope my photographs convey the raw emotion and energy of the music.
Q : Why the decision to photograph music and the arts?
A : Most of my early childhood memories revolve around music – whether it’s dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller at age three or trying to decipher what Michael Stipe was singing – music has always been a significant part of my life. My life’s highs and lows seem to be chronicled by what was playing on the radio at the time. A commitment to photography simply couldn’t exist apart from music, its one in the same.
Q: Who have been some of your biggest inspirations?
A : Bruce Springsteen.
But seriously, the early bands that I’ve worked with like Dear Reader/Harris Tweed and Zebra & Giraffe. They believed in me even when I didn’t think I was any good and their commitment to their work inspired me to get better at what I do. Even now, what inspires me is the professionalism and commitment of the bands I work with, who are amazingly good but never take their success for granted. They keep pushing themselves as artists and have committed to doing this for a living.
The public is fickle and it’s inspiring to see these bands persist and keep outdoing themselves for the sake of their art. In terms of photographers Marcus Maschwitz has always been an inspiration to me. He was a great mentor early in my career and still pushes me to become a better photographer.
Q: Tell us about future projects you’re working on?
A: I’m currently working on a Twitter based portrait project, called #140 or Project 140. I plan to shoot 140 portraits of people that I follow and who follow me. It’s been a difficult start but I’m hoping that it will pick up some momentum towards the end of the year. It’s still in its infancy. www.project140.co.za