11 Jul Photo Essay: A Study of the Sea by Tao Farren-Hefer
South Africa has a wealth of talented, hard working photographers, both established and up-and-coming, working in a myriad of genres. To further showcase their work, this year we’ve initiated this platform for photo essays exclusive to 10and5. For 2014, our focus is on Cape Town. Previously Kent Andreasen explored Khayelitsha in film and Grant Payne brought us glimpses of Cape Town street life through the windows of MyCiti buses.
Tao Farren-Hefer is a photographer obsessed with how the mechanics of photography and light works, shooting predominantly on 35mm film. A surfer too, he says his life ‘pretty much revolves around the sea’. Inspired by the place he spends most of his time, he produced this ocean-related series for us.
Enamoured with the physical act of taking a photograph, Tao rejects the conveniences technology provides by manually setting his camera choosing not to rely on its on-board exposure meter, rather training his eyes to achieve the correct exposure for each shot. Of film photography, he says, “once you have taken a shot there is no way of viewing it, forcing you to rely on your own intuition and knowledge.”
Tao is also a filmmaker and graduated from AFDA with the 2013 Best Cinematography Award.