I grew up in a home with a father who taught photography in the Air Force.
When he left the Airforce he worked for Kavalier Films, the National Film Bureau and freelanced for various newspapers. He shot film back in those days, so I still remember the darkroom and the smell of chemicals. I believe that subconsciously this was when and where the foundation of what was to become my inspiration was laid.
It was only in 2010 that I bought my first “serious” DSLR camera, a Nikon D90 en route to Rome and was devastated when all of my camera equipment was stolen some 18 months later. Encouraged by my wife, Rencia, I slowly invested and again built up the tools of my trade.
I am often asked what I prefer shooting, and I can honestly say that photography is my passion and that shooting one genre informs the other and makes me a better artist. My life experience, travels, being a grandfather of two and having been in the corporate environment for 18 years all inform my photography and make me more creative.
Now I regard myself as a visual artist using the camera simply as a tool, like a brush in creating my images, rather than the photographer I used to be. I want to create images which will make you feel something.
When I’m not shooting or sharing images for/with incredible clients – you will find me with my family, in the kitchen (just love sharing every culinary experience with my wife) or speciality coffee bars. You may say that I’m a bit of a coffee snob……
What clients has said of me: super professional, work ethic second to none, non-intrusive, discreet, images and album delivered in records time and delivered above expectations.
In closing a quote from Karl Lagerfeld: “What I like about a photograph is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce”
I have been working on my motto for some time and here it is: “Creating lasting images one click at a time….”
Studying the works of artists and photographers such as Picasso, Monet, Matisse, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Saul Leiter, André Kertész and Edward Steichen, among others, influenced my style and it was ultimately landscape and urban photography that inspired me. In these genres I put into practice all of these inspirations and key aspects such as colour, technique, composition and sequence. I prefer creating images of the everyday − the magic in the moments that would otherwise go unnoticed.
As a visual artist I have found my niche in the precincts of Maboneng and Newtown where culture is fused with commerce and the traditional is juxtaposed with the colourful sights of urban living.
These areas lend themselves to architectural, fine art, portrait, landscape and documentary photography and I aim to photograph these areas in such a way that they captivate audiences with depictions of everyday life with my distinctive style.