When I started photography I had no idea where it would lead. I had gotten to a point while studying that I felt like all the plans I had made for myself had left me feeling uninspired. I wanted more out of life.
I cancelled my plans. Finished my studies. Moved to England and called myself a photographer. If I spoke it out it would become real and it did, with a lot of hard work and many challenges.
I recently came to a standstill, again feeling uninspired. I still loved photography but again I felt something was missing. I did an evaluation, why did I get into it in the first place?
What I wanted was to used photography as a way of showing people how I saw them. Not that my view is better, but it is different.
We all see differently. We come at things from different angles, to give unique perspectives. With portrait photography I wanted to show how I see people.
Now that is what I do. Show you the true you.
Gabriele is a law student. But before law she studied ancient languages – Greek, Hebrew and Mandarin. She is also a violinist and very talented artist (I have one of her pastel works in my bedroom).
While planning the session she showed me the dress, and immediately I knew what I wanted to capture.
She dances on the rhythm of the wind-Lunette Opperman
And moves with the beat of the sun
From her fingers flow the colours of sound
And her heart sings of a story to come
So let her dance and let her sing
And let her be everything
For from freedom she comes and to freedom she goes
Building a life on the unforced rhythms of grace.