The mainly black and white portfolio is a direct link to my darkroom days when I fell in love with the medium. Besides taking photographs, the creative process I discovered in developing my own film in the darkroom, delivered a new world with fertile ground for my imagination. During my university years, I was exposed to iconic photographers such as Ansel Adams He knew how to interpret the mood of a scene and he has been one of my most influential inspirations.
The traditional darkroom method of dodging and burning has seamlessly transferred itself into present-day software. Contemporarily embracing this new technology is not only a necessity but to me, it has become a gratifying alternative to spending hours in the darkroom.
I first became interested in panoramic photography over a decade ago. Digital photography technology was in its infancy and its application to panoramic photography was very limited. Patience and perseverance paid off and with the growth of technology, it has completely changed my outlook and perspective over the last few years and I am now also able to materialize my visions which I could not necessarily achieve back then.
The aim of my panoramic photography is to capture a moment of the drama or rather allowing the scene to unfold the drama and then it’s only a matter of waiting for that 'magic' moment to appear. My panoramic images are painstakingly pieced together, and for most of the time, using multiple rows of images achieves that finer detail and adds depth to the scene. My online portfolio is updated consistently with new work, so feel free to check them out.
As a practising architect for eighteen years, I’ve decided to retire from the profession a few years ago and pursue my passion for photography and tour guiding on a full-time basis. I became a national tour guide were I had the opportunity to photograph one of my favourite subjects namely the animals, and in their natural environment.
I have always photographed the built environment and this was one of the reasons I became an architect. The challenges of architectural photography are very similar to that of landscape photography. I try to catch the essence of the building I photograph and by looking at a building from an architect's point of view, it has given me an advantage as I find what the designer had visualized. I love the detail and this is what I hone in on with my photography, yet simultaneously shooting the building and contextualizing it in its unique environment with my camera is another challenge I enjoy. This simply becomes another way of telling my story.
Photography is mainly a waiting game and one has to have a lot of patience. I call it being the paparazzi to nature. There is usually only a brief moment of only a few minutes when the light is just right and the clouds are at their creative best. That magic moment is what I wait for and hope to catch, that is my challenge. It is that momentary glimpse of the gentle or harsh mood of nature that I strive to capture, a micro-moment of the infinite drama that is mother nature.