I had no prominent artistic or photographic influence in my childhood or family. I was born in the Free State and moved to the Western Cape at the age of 6. If I could briefly sum up my childhood it would be a lot of falling off bicycles and long nights playing computer games. My dad is an agronomist and my mom was a musician, somehow those two influences culminated into a passion for capturing nature’s beauty. I bought my first digital SLR camera at the age of 19 and I instantly became obsessed. Within two years I changed my career plans of becoming an engineer or architect to pursuing a career in landscape photography.
I am inspired by moments when the elements of nature combine as if painted by a god, to create scenes so beautiful that one has to take the time to stand back in awe and marvel at the beauty of the world we live in. I want my photos to remove the viewer from their present location and transport them to the scene so they can feel the wind and see the golden light of the setting sun on their skin. That is the purpose of a landscape photo, to experience the beauty of a place without being there.
I think people often try to over-interpret photographs and they miss the bigger picture. I'm a realist and through strong composition and complementary lighting I try to distill the essence of a location. I don't pursue awards or recognition. It took me a while to realise that prizes don’t mean much in a subjective industry dictated more by hobbyists than professionals. The pursuit of such merits makes you forget your purpose. I love what I do and I'm thankful for the opportunity to earn a living from it.
My style continues to develop and progress. I find myself moving away from my beloved wide-angle lens more and more. With every shoot I am able to capture locations to a higher personal satisfaction and I learn something new every day. I haven't travelled much outside of the Cape (never mind outside of Southern Africa!) but I now have a 4x4 vehicle so I can travel more freely. My portfolio of Southern Africa is still far from complete, but I dream of landscapes beyond this continent and hopefully my portfolio of this country will be a stepping stone to something bigger. I have great ambitions and the next 18 months will be an exciting time so stay tuned!