What inspires you to take photos?
No doubt its people that inspire me to shoot. I believe in the immeasurable value and beauty of a life being lived, whether it’s in happiness or sorrow. Our daily lives are rich and meaningful, and through photography, we can share them with others who have experienced the same things.
I also think that the idea of “the decisive moment” has a huge influence on the type of photographs I like to take. In one frame, I try to tell an entire story, to describe a very complex state of being.
What makes the South African landscape your muse?
South Africa has a complex mix of social challenges, yet the most beautifully diverse and rich cultures on Earth. Like a flower garden, it’s diversity that makes us beautiful. As a photographer, I have the privilege of capturing the changing landscape and exposing certain realities that not everyone gets to see.
We’re in a unique position to tell the truth, to showcase the beauty of our intermingled lives. We have all got so much in common. That’s a huge part of what excites me about our country. Thanks to a massive diversity we have so much to share with one another yet we tend to keep our distance. I believe that photography can help to close those gaps by giving us insights into each other’s lives, eventually bringing us closer.
Where is your favourite location to shoot?
I love the hustle and bustle of the city. Here, people don’t have time to put on a facade. They focus on the things they need to be doing, on each other and on their work – so you can capture them in a really sincere way.
What makes a great shot stand out from the rest?
Sincerity, true thought behind it and, of course, capturing the decisive moment.
Which photographic techniques do you like exploring with?
I don’t focus on the technicalities too much. You should have a solid understanding of the particular technique, but once you get a feel for it, the technicalities can get in the way.
Do you have any tips for getting great local street photography shots?
You have to be able to observe and empathise with people. If you don’t put effort into understanding people, treating them as objects, you’ll create a space between photographer and subject – and that’s not a space I usually like to see.