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Leon Bester | Yetunde Dada | Chris Kets | Jabu Newman | Robyn Park-Ross

Leon Bester
(b. 1988, Bellville)
Cape Town

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.

Instagram: @kingcoocoonut


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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.

Instagram: @yetudada


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Chris Kets
(b. 1991)
Cape Town

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.

Instagram: @thisischriskets

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Jabu Nadia Newman
(b. 1994)
Cape Town

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.

Instagram: @jabunewman


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Robyn Park-Ross
(b. 1992)
Cape Town

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.

Instagram: @robynpr


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Jack Mason | Jen Jengo | Kleinjan Groenewald | Rowan Patrick

Jack Mason
(b. 1994)
Cape Town

I have an extrospective style of shooting. I try to capture the world around me as I see it through my mind’s eye, almost in an analytical sense. I consider myself to be quite a visual thinker and the act of taking photos is a sort of way of expressing the way I think.

I bring my camera to every festival I go to. I love capturing people in their element and just having a good time. I also like shooting landscapes.


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Photography has become an integral part of my life and, in some ways, it is my life. It gives me much pleasure to be able to make images that people have an emotional reaction towards.

Shooting on film teaches you to slow down and be present in the moment. I try not to rush my shots and rather let the moment come to me. A bit of thought and pre-visualisation goes a long way, but I also try not to think about it too much. It needs to be something you feel in your gut. Part of the fun with shooting on film is learning to love the challenge and not to see it as a limitation. It will teach you to be more engaged with the art form, and ultimately, take better photos.

Instagram: @eyesofmason

Jen Jengo
(b. 1986, Durban)
Currently in Cape Town

There are a number of things I like to capture on film, so it’s hard to find a favourite. I very much enjoy photographing summer scenes and architecture. Oh, old and strange spaces too – I’m a very inquisitive person and I love to explore.

I much prefer the older analogue cameras – I love the grain and dreamy style I get from them. Photography is a practice, so keep exploring. Your photos are what you want them to be.


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Photography motivates me to connect with something new, quite often. It’s also my way of sharing what I love with those around me (or moments the way I see them), in the hope that it will evoke the same aesthetically pleasing feels in another.
 I usually trust my instinct in the moment and go for it. It’s all pretty spontaneous.

Instagram: @analog_diaries

Kleinjan Groenewald
(b. 1987, Pretoria)
Currently living in Cape Town.

I really enjoy shooting film; 35 mm, 120 and Polaroids, but shoot most of my work on digital format. I love shooting portraits, travel, lifestyle and food.

I like capturing real life around me more than something that is staged – I feel you get a better image and deeper connection with your subject. I also like a cleaner and more simple image.

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Through my photography, I have been super fortunate to have travelled quite a bit (and that has made me realise what I really want for myself and what kind of work I want to do). We tend to only see the bad in the world, but there are so many beautiful places and amazing cultures out there, we just have to escape the comfort zone and explore a little.

I spend hours looking at other people shooting the stuff I want to shoot, to see what they do differently and how I can improve my work. I don’t see myself doing anything else.

Instagram: @k.groenewald


Rowan Patrick
(b. 1988)
Cape Town

I enjoy photographing people, places and the ocean. The feeling of summer weather influences the way I see photo opportunities – blue skies, warm skin tones and beaches.

I have learned to imagine the world around me through a viewfinder, and as cliché as this will sound, I have learned to see the beauty in things and places I would have never thought of. I always seem to be observing light in every space around me.


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Following accounts of people who’s work you admire is very helpful to find motivation. I also collect a lot of fashion magazines from the 70s, 80s and 90s that have crazy good forms of inspirational work, all shot on film.

Keep working on your craft, experiment, take risks and always find time to shoot for yourself. Sometimes all it takes is one small item to get a whole body of work rolling in, like a hat or even a pair of cool sunglasses.

Instagram: @rowanpatrick_

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