What is your favourite genre to shoot?
I’ve fallen in love with both the adventure and technical challenges of landscape photography after having moved down to one of the most scenic areas in South Africa. Being inspired by my immediate environment made me pick up my camera with new determination.
How do you go from conceptualising to action (photographing the subject) to result?
Planning, a whole lot of planning. I will often go to a location multiple times to study the light behaviour, time of day, tides and more. Even the most beautiful scene looks dull in the wrong conditions (on camera at least) so it’s crucial to catch Mother Nature on a good hair day.
Rising cliffs are her podium and waves her ensemble. Maintaining a flawless rhythm, she shapes and assembles a score like no other. Through the recurring motif true beauty lies in the subtle contrast, the gradual growth. With a grand crescendo, the curtain falls as yet another masterpiece rises from its final bow.
Are there any photographers you adore and draw inspiration from?
Regarding landscape photography, each one of the following photographers has a different and unique approach to their images and it’s always amazing seeing nature through their lens.
Thomas Heaton has a natural serenity to the way he views scenes and captures visuals. Most people would walk right past.
Michael Shainblum has a dynamic visual signature that absolutely pops out of the screen whenever you see any of his shots.
Nick Page is my go-to source for anything practical. He doesn’t fool around with trendy products and fashionable techniques. He just gets things done and delivers amazing images in the process.
Many local photographers have also been massively inspiring. Growing up in an era of local bands popping up, skateboarding and alternative lifestyles; photography played a massive role in representing everything that was happening.
I’ll never forget the Liam Lynch pics in the Skyn(Heilig) music video, the technical brilliance of the skateboarding photography from Ben Bergh and more recently how André Badenhorst can manipulate light like a magician. Skillie from Kikitography is also an amazing storyteller through the moments he captures so intimately.
Being able to learn photography from and with one of your closest friends is also something that accelerates your skill like no other. Werner Lamprecht was always my most legit critique and source of learning when I first dived into a “manual-mode” on some first-gen digital point-and-shoot, and to this day we discover new gems when we meet up.
What kind of post-production do you do on your photographs and what tools do you use to get to your result?
Each image is so vastly unique that they each deserve a very bespoke touch in extracting the maximum amount of visual interest; to tell the story I have in mind when capturing the image.
I use a combination of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to achieve the desired results, depending on what level of detail is required.