Photo Log

19 October 2012

“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” – Ansel Adams

FOR my 13th birthday my Father bought me a camcorder , a small video camera that could take photos. This then became my everything, and I felt so proud with that JVC it amuses me now.

I mostly took many self-portraits; at first silly faces, 085/Photos, and then I became creative ha-ha. I started adding flowers in the background, using different walls, poses, face expressions and what not.

My school offered free photography classes, where we learnt what SLR’s are, how to work with them – you know the basics. I stopped going there after 3 months. I felt like they did not really teach me what I wanted to know. That’s when I started taking pictures of people, mostly my friends.

It was so amazing; just with that little camcorder, I taught myself so many different things and of course, I always wanted to learn more.

I looked at photography blogs, magazines and exhibitions here in Windhoek for inspiration and developed an obsession with fashion photography, and each and every time I learnt something new. I had to sacrifice Christmas and my 14th birthday for my boo (CANON EOS 500D) but it was and still is worth it.

My photography and my obsession for it grew bigger. I became better and better, but I had drowsy days where I thought I’ll never be as good as this (still have those days) and that but still went on with doing what I love. Sounds like this all happened four or five years ago, ha-ha, but in real life it’s been about 1-2 years I think. I am still at that stage where I am learning how to work with my camera and how to be a good photographer and what not.

My weakness is communicating. I really need to work on that, since it is very important for a photographer to know their ‘subjects’.

When I am done with school and listening to robotic teachers, I plan on travelling and trying my luck in the fashion-photography industries out there. Until then I still have a lot to learn.

I do hope you like it and follow my ‘petite’ journey to success.


Much love



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