I started studying a BA degree at the University of Pretoria with Art History as one of my major subjects.I also took to a practical path combining various courses to make up the worth of a diploma which the major subject was photography.As a South African sitting intently through art history lectures I was mesmerized by the extent of our local acclaimed artists which we were studying. Artists like Norman Catherine with his dark cynicism and exuberant humor , Marlene Dumas focus on the human figure and William Kentridge best known for his drawings and meticulously drawn animated films , all extremely influential artists.
My interest though was more focused on photography from the Dada movement to the current image makers.This is where I first saw a documentary of Peter Linbergh shooting pictures on the beach with his black backdrop in frame and the supermodel subject emotionally responding and adding to his direction. Peter Lindbergh has a powerful but playful , emancipated and sensual style of shooting.
His photographs gives an intimate glimpse and captures the inner essence of the female models he chooses to photograph.His work is glamorous but still creates a relationship between the viewer and the subject.
I remember that the important goal for me as a photographer would be to be able to create photographs with honesty and let the model emotionally relate with the process.One of my greatest achievements is when I feel I connected with the model on the shoot day and capture a moment where all is real and the pretense and artifice disappears for a moment.
One of the strongest qualities in Peter Lindbergh work is his ability to create photographs with narrative and spontaneous qualities which has also moved the big fashion design houses to request his commercial directing brilliance. He is considered a master of black and white photography with a strong cinematic quality to all his photographs.His work is real and full of emotion which has defined him as one of the best fashion photographers.
As a photographer I have been inspired and influenced by the work of Peter Lindbergh to create my own style of shooting which will define the pictures I create. The biggest drive for any aspiring or current photographer is to define and challenge their style of shooting to be able to truly connect with what we are creating.Peter Lindbergh has an iconic style which is timeless and has awarded him top fashion awards by the biggest influential people in fashion and advertising. Apart form being a fashion photographer his photographs inspires creatives all across the creative arena.
His work has been published in Italian , French , British , American Vogue , W , Stern , Vanity Fair , New Yorker and Rolling Stone magazine and he has photographed the prestigious Pirelli Calender twice. He has photographed the Supermodels , Cindy Crawford , Eve Herzigova , Stephanie Seymour , Linda Evangelista , Naomi Campbell , Tatjana Patitz and a list of all the star actors and musicians from Milla Jovovich to Penelope Cruz and Pedro Almodovar.
All images photographed by Peter Lindbergh.
My journey as a photographer has been very challenging , complex and has opened a road to creative search and understanding.Following a creative journey is a very rewarding path. In Cape Town I met photographer Peter Christian , together we worked on numerous advertising and editorial jobs. I have had the opportunity to travel the world with him and on one of our last travel trips together in Boston in the U.S.A. he gave me the Peter Lindbergh book by Peter Lindbergh.
The book is a wonderful memory of memories and a visual guideline to create any art which I intend or set out to do in the future.