I am a photographer and website hosting developer who now lives in Cape Town, after being born and bred in Alberton. I’ve lived in many small “dorps” and big cities across the country, and have captured many images along the way.
I developed a love for the visual image when I, once upon a time, worked for the marketing research company AC Nielsen. As part of the job, I traveled extensively from shop to shop where I encountered not only the subject matter I was meant to be studying but all manner of people and places, fascinating to watch and continually captured with my mind’s eye. Not really knowing what I wanted to do at the time, young as I was, I fell into the computer industry and maintained a career in either supporting or programming various aspects of Windows software and the Internet software realm. I designed, hosted and supported syndicated web hosting solutions. In other words, websites that create presence throughout the internet in South Africa via a website system that I designed. It’s an area in which I am still extremely comfortable (and active) today … but my passion, now, is photography.
It was at a family wedding in the small town of Patensy, in the Eastern Cape back in 1972 when I was just six years old, that my father stuck a camera in my hand. An artist for the South African Railways and with a keen eye himself for beautiful images, he – the appointed photographer on the day – decided he no longer wanted to shoot the scene before him and, pouring himself a whisky, handed the camera to me, settling himself back in a chair to become a guest. I shot the rest of the day and when the photos were finally developed, it was proclaimed by my father to be nee half sleg nie– in other words, not half bad at all. For me, a love was born.
From there onward, it has always been a desire to do photography, and now I am realising my dream and potential to the full as I bring images to life for others.