I have literally written and deleted and rewritten this section maybe 100 times over. And it always comes out sounding boring and or it drags. Therefore, I have decided to try something a little different, a less conventional format. Point form and titles.
- Born in South Africa (Port Elizabeth 1979 – 2007) 🇿🇦
- Currently lives in Kent in the South East of the UK 🇬🇧
- Been in United Kingdom for over 13 years (since January 2007)
- Is male (last time I checked, which was 5 mins ago)
- Has green eyes ( 👀 )
- Claims to be 40 years old (from May 2019)
- Professional Dreamer (full time job)
- Also an Occasional Thinker (night time job)
- First got into photography end of 2009
- Uses Nikon only (brand loyalty) 📷
- Is Happily married (Yes. Really. 11+ years) 👰🏼
Where I come from:
I’m from Port Elizabeth. A coastal city down on the Southern tip of South Africa.
What made me come to the UK:
I felt as if I needed a change. I needed to at least try living somewhere else. If I didn’t I might’ve been one of those people who never venture out into the world and spend their entire lives living in one town. They’re born there and grow old there. The world is a big big place. And I wanted to see a little more of it. Moving to the UK made that possible as travelling from here is pretty affordable. Even for a weekend get away.
I also had a large group of friends living over here at the time.
Where I started:
It first started with a venture into web design. I had flat mate by the name of Ruby, back in around 2004. And Ruby was a web developer. A very good one. She worked for/ran a party/social scene website where she went around to different club scenes taking photos of the punters and posting them online. This is where I was introduced to Photoshop. I started messing around, creating a few graphics and adding filters to images I got off the net. Never really grasping the concept of it all though. I literally just followed online tutorials on how to create various effects and text effects.
How I found photography:
I was walking around Bluewater Shopping centre and happened to stroll into a well known camera franchise. They had a few cameras on display and I wasn’t really looking at buying, more just browsing. I picked up a few cameras. The usual point n clicks. A few of the Canon camera bodies. And then got my hands on the Nikon D90 DSLR. Not having a clue as to what I was doing, I fiddled around with it a little, put the viewfinder to my eye, focused and click. Pressed the shutter. To this day, I wish I had requested the image from a store clerk, because it was THE SHOT that prompted me to eventually come back to the store and purchase my first Nikon DSLR.
What made the photo so great:
Nothing and everything. If I had to venture a guess the camera was probably on full auto focus, in Shutter Priority. And the shutter speed was probably around 1/10th of a second. And what this did was caused a kinda Shutter Drag effect. Everything else was pretty much in focus, but the people walking passed were partially blurred. It just looked like one of those shots that may have been used as an advert in a magazine. Maybe a Nikon logo and some text that says; “Life moves pretty fast. You need a camera that can keep up.” Or something to that effect… It had a similar feel to the image below. (Disclaimer: This is not my image.)
How did you get into nude photography:
It sounds weird to say, but it almost seemed like a natural progression. Some of my fellow photographer friends went down the Weddings and Family Portraits route, or the route where they could generate income. I, however, started shooting sports like Motocross and racing at Brand Hatch. It wasn’t until I mentioned to Ashley, a woman who I had met through work, that I had taken up photography and was contemplating getting into modelling photoshoots, that she offered to be my first model. When we met up for the shoot and as the shoot progressed it ended up as a full nude shoot. So I thought to myself, Well… Weddings and Family Portraits go hand in hand. Cars, Fast Bikes and Naked Woman go hand in hand. Don’t they? 🤣🤣🤣
After that, I managed to get a couple models from Gumtree to model for me. But I really didn’t have a clue what I was doing.
I was shooting in Priority Mode which is practically the same as Auto. The camera made all the decisions and when I look back on those images now, I can understand why they weren’t so great. High ISO settings, slow shutter speeds etc. Not to mention editing techniques. I literally didn’t have and idea what I was doing.
What About Photography Do You Enjoy:
Last couple of years as I’ve been learning and experimenting, it’s been the creative aspect of photography that I love. There are basics fundamentals of photography, for example, shutter speed, aperture and ISO settings. With creative photography I ignore most of that. Put models into weird poses, get them to hang off beds and windows, shoot through glasses and bottles, color gels etc… Anything that breaks the usual rules.
There is no real wrong or right way, in my opinion. There’s your way and what works for you. Even down to editing. I often post my work up on Forums and ask for Comments or Critiquing. And you’ll be surprised how often people pick up on the niggly things. Yet I wouldn’t have noticed them at all or it might be intentional. People tend to follow the rules and I like to just shoot my way. Not their way.