When I was seven, a friend of my Dad’s visited us on the farm where I grew up, with his polaroid camera. I remember being blown away at the image appearing magically on a blank piece of paper.
Then, in standard eight my geography teacher showed us a slide show. The beautiful photos of her travels around the world, awoke my adventurous spirit and determination to document my own adventures with photos.
My grandfather, whom I adore, instilled my love for nature and wildlife. I spent a lot of time with him on the farm as a child experiencing the wonders of nature firsthand. I have always been inspired by our continent and, although I did spend a while in Europe my feet are firmly embedded in the African soil.
After school, I took a year’s break to work for WESSA in Mtunzini. This was an incredible year – living in a forest, with some super cool people, exposed to wild and wonderful things.
Here I was often on my own and quickly learnt to enjoy my own company. I had the little ‘mik en drik’ camera that my mom had bought me, an art pad and some pencil crayons. This was enough to have a lot of fun and do a little creative soul searching.
I struggled with the decision of what to study – photography, film or conservation? I decided on Saasveld to study Nature Conservation. In hindsight, I probably should have gone to film school, but I believe everything happens for a reason. The experiences I have had, and the people I have met, have led to the place I find myself in now. A space where all my passions have merged.
Over the years I have traveled to remote places, played with cameras, dabbled on editing suites, and met amazing people who have inspired and encouraged me. Today, after many adventures, I am content that I have found my niche. I believe that no matter what path you take through life, if you are passionate about what you do, you can make good things happen.