Leon Bester | Yetunde Dada | Chris Kets | Jabu Newman | Robyn Park-Ross
Leon Bester (b. 1988, Bellville)
I always have a camera stashed somewhere for when inspiration strikes. I most enjoy taking photos when I’m on an adventure somewhere – I like documenting what I do or where I go.
Photography has taught me to go further than I’d usually go, to spend more time somewhere waiting for the right moment. I try and be respectful of the space, place or person, not to just stick a camera into someones face, but to have a more subtle approach.
Yetunde Dada (b. 1990)
I like shooting thoughtful pieces within the portraiture and travel photography genres. My photos focus on moments and irony – I tend to lurk in the background when capturing my images.
I think my photography really developed when I took time to understand exactly what type of photos and styles I liked. I spent one week looking through hundreds of photos online and made notes of why I liked them and how those photographers had shot them. I made a shooting list and started shooting like that.
Chris Kets (b. 1991)
I mostly use photography as a means of documenting my daily life and the people and places that surround me. As a film-maker, I travel around a lot and end up in some interesting places, getting to meet some interesting people. I use that as an opportunity to capture the moments and people that stand out to me.
Since I was young, growing up watching a lot of movies, I was always drawn to those moments in life where you think “this is like a movie”. I guess it made me look at the world in a different way. I often think capturing a moment or movement can get a message out to the world.
Jabu Nadia Newman (b. 1994)
My photographic style is very conscious but also spontaneous. I love creating worlds and fashion stories and also love shooting my surroundings. I’m very inspired by friends and subcultures of Cape Town.
It’s easy to stay motivated and enthusiastic because I love what I do and nothing feels better than getting the perfect shot. To execute an image that I have been picturing in my head is the most satisfying thing. Sharing my imagination with the world creating beauty and art brings me so much joy.
Robyn Park-Ross (b. 1992)
Sometimes it’s difficult to appreciate moments as you experience them. Taking photos helps me. It reminds me to appreciate small things, like nice light through the window. It makes me pay more attention to the beautiful, interesting, uncomfortable or strange things around me. It has also made me think about how it can be easy to portray something in a way that distorts the reality of that situation.
My approach is not entirely considered. It’s more to be ready to catch something that I see than to have a conscious intention of what I want to photograph. I think different situations need different approaches and it’s nice to not be stuck in one idea of what you want the end product to look like.
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