12 Jul Caitlin Fay Smith Goes East
Cape Town-based photographer Caitlin Fay Smith followed her two passions, photography and yoga, all the way to India, Nepal and Indonesia. These are the images she brought back from her travels and some insight in her own words into how and why she takes pictures.
In August last year I packed my camera and my yoga mat and I left for India, little did I know that I was headed towards what was soon to be an unforgettable adventure. I followed my feet through parts of India, onto Nepal, and finally finished in Indonesia where I completed my yoga teacher’s training. I kept moving for as long as my wallet allowed, it was by far some of the craziest, hottest, but enriching months spent photographing and exploring.
I shot digital and worked mainly with my 35mm fixed lens, this allowed me to move easily in the bustling streets, to capture quickly and to not be too obtrusive within different situations, I tried to blend in as much as possible which is often hard when carrying a camera.
I have always been drawn to photography since my late grandfather gave me my first camera at age 12; but in particular documentary photography. I have often found myself losing hours flicking through the works of Steve McCurry,Mary Ellen Mark, Henri Cartier-Bresson and South African photographer Gary Van Wyk, all photographers that I admire greatly and all of whom are brilliant story tellers through their work.
Since Caitlin’s return to South Africa she has been exhibiting her work in different cities as well as joining up with fellow photographers Kevin Goss-Ross and Gareth Bright in Durban for the collaborative show “Life and Death between Chai“.
Of her future plans, Caitlin says, “Thinking long term, I hope that I can use my photography to eventually do greater things. To be able to photograph things that are really going on in the world, in the hopes of making a positive contribution to society.”