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Monday, 06 November 2017 11:11

AN INTRODUCTION TO MY PASSION

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For me it's not easy to define my photography or my style, but it could be easier to understand once you know where I come from. 

I grew up in Stellenbosch, a University town in Cape Town. If you've never been there I highly recommend it and it's surrounding areas for a visit. As a teenager I was completely spoilt by the views of the Stellenbosch mountains and the beauty of the town, so much so that it almost went unnoticed. I was not very good at concentrating in school as my mind always dwelled on the activities I could get up to after school. I had an instant attraction to sport and a natural talent for moving. If there was a risk of injury, it seems I was there, Rugby, Athletics, Soccer, Gymnastics, Breakdancing, Tumbling, Skateboarding, Rollerblading, BMX and many more. At the same time playing my guitar and singing every opportunity I got. 

After school it was quite simple what my next step would be. I was told by a counselor in school 'you should be either in front or behind the camera' and so I went to study Drama at the University of Stellenbosch. It was there that I met my partner in crime and love of my life, Leanne . After our studies we needed to get out and experience the world. Our journey took us to South Korea where we tought English. The money and freedom to travel gave us the opportunity to see the east. After only a year I couldn't resist in buying Leanne our first DSLR camera and we never looked back from there. We were lucky enough to be surrounded by amazing creative people and they were excellent guides. 

Our love for traveling and experiencing the world was cut short in 2013 when my wife's father passed away. He was a huge influence and supporter of our photography and we knew that we owed it to his memory to pursue this dream we had together. There's not a day that goes by that we don't think of him and wonder what he thinks of our journey so far, the journey that he inspired. 

In 2017 I decided that enough is enough and devoted all my attention to the hobby that I have pursued for over 10 years. My wife and I have both become full time photographers, dedicating our time to motivate, encourage and support each other and thus improving not only our skills, but also as human beings. 

Photography has opened my eyes to the beauty that surrounds us and the amazing thing is that we have so much of it in Cape Town. From the most breathtaking views of winelands and mountains to the wildlife of the surrounding parks and to top it off the beautiful beaches with the coolest sports in the world. We have a truly diverse country in all aspects and it is very inspiring if you just take the time to look around. 

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