30 Apr Update: Fashion Photography by Sivan Miller
From receiving his first digital point and shoot camera at the age of 16, to having a landscape photograph of his being featured as a double page spread in O Magazine when he was 17, there was always a chance that Sivan Miller might end up a photographer. After school, however, he pursued his passion in the computer arts by studying to become a 3D animator. This is what he did for a few years, before venturing into photography after all – focusing his attention on the genre of fashion.
Essentially then, what started out as a few teenage years spent photographing his after school sights has turned into a thriving career as a busy Cape Town fashion photographer. To illustrate this, a few of the projects Sivan has worked on recently are: a Total Sports night performance running shoot, the face of Nivea campaign, and a personal shoot titled Space Glaciers, which features clothing by Renee Nicole Sander. His latest, Zyphenella, is the futuristic ‘skate meets high fashion’ shoot we’ve featured here. And, as for what’s to come, Sivan is putting the final touches on another self-initiated project using clothing from Zara and Adidas that we’re keeping an eye out for.
Sivan’s style can be described as minimal, strong and cinematic and, as he often draws inspiration from movie stills, there is always a definite mood or emotion present in his images. “It’s important to connect with the person you’re photographing,” says Sivan, who has been known to spend over an hour on a single look to make sure he gets the shot he envisioned. While he loves the day of the shoot, he also finds post processing very exciting because of the scope for change that this presents.
If photography wasn’t an option, there is no doubt in Sivan’s mind that he’d go back to 3D animation and visual effects. “I do love that,” he says, “but I love photography more.”