Paul Shiakallis is a freelance photographer based in Johannesburg. While SA ad agencies make up his client list, it’s his portraits, documentary photography and his illuminated collections of human behaviour and habitats that we most enjoy.
Paul was born in Joburg to parents of Cypriot descent. As well as in Cypress his photos have been taken across the world in Australia, Brazil and the States. Being fascinated with suburbia and the people and places that are associated with it, Paul’s images have a common voice no matter where they are captured.
His luminescent series Something so Familiar is explained by Mlilo Mpondo who says, “His work engages the void in human intimacy, the human inclination toward security, a life lived in front of a television screen, the suburban home.”
Paul’s first ever subjects were flowers and TV screens after his father taught him how to use a camera at age fifteen. With his new skill he covered all sporting events for the high school magazine, while becoming infatuated by detail through art drawing.
After school he completed one year of Journalism at the University of Johannesburg and then transferred to Tshwane University of Technology to study Photography for 3 years. He then assisted both local and international photographers for 5 years.
The images here are examples of Paul’s fascinating way with light and were selected from his projects Portraits of a Still Life, Something so Familiar and The Suburbs Sleep. Find more at www.paulshiakallis.com or on Behance.