where: I am originally from Cape Town, but I’ve been based in London for more than six years.
why: I’m destined to photograph for the rest of my life. When I was eleven, and given my first camera, I spent the summer snapping away at anything and everything that moved (I’m not one for photographing mountains). Creating a set, watching it come to life and seeing the end result in the photographs is what inspires me to keep going.
how: I’m lucky enough to have fantastic parents who have always supported me in my dreams and ideas – and there have been plenty. I was home schooled from the age of 14 after convincing my parents that a mainstream education wasn’t for me. Once I finished, I jumped on a plane straight to London with a head full of dreams and a pocket with a couple hundred quid (and a very large suitcase).
Being self taught, I had to do a lot of unpaid work when I was starting out. I also spent many evenings going through textbook after textbook to teach myself the basics. For the last year and a half I have been working full time as a freelance photographer.
anything you’d like to brag about? I’ve worked very hard to get where am. I have shot for Topman (for their US and UK websites) and Fashion Targets. I also photographed Lu Chase, a very successful South African singer, for her album, and had the privilege of working with LaVuvuZela – a fantastic all girl group.
Over the past few months my images have been featured on the Guardian website, AOL StyleList and The Daily Telegraph. I just covered about ten shows at London Fashion week for my website. I’m also very lucky to have worked with two amazing fashion bloggers – Emily Johnston (Fashion Foie Gras) and Kristin Knox (The Clothes Whisperer).
Day-to-day, I shoot portfolios either for agencies or models starting out. Im also working for a new clothing website, which goes live at the beginning of next year.
I’m headed to Cape Town in December for three months as I’m getting a lot of work offers out there. I need to test the waters. I’m always looking for something new to work on. Being freelance, sometimes I’m booked everyday for 3 weeks, while other times I will have nothing on for what seems like ages.
All images courtesy of Terence Webb.