12 Jan Seeking Sirens | A Series of Surfer Portraits by Justin Dingwall
A misty morning on Muizenberg beach serves as the backdrop for Johannesburg based photographer Justin Dingwall’s intriguing new portrait series. About the iconic setting, Justin says, “This ain’t no Waikiki or Malibu, but what makes this surf spot so special is that it is the birthplace of surfing in Sub–Saharan Africa.” Seeking Sirens, a series of 20 panoramic portraits, is inspired by Justin’s fascination with surf culture.
In Justin’s own words, “It is almost impossible to capture the spirit of surfing in a single frame. The ocean, the waves, and the people are all larger than life. The only way I found it feasible to capture a nuance of surfing and its people was to shoot panoramic portraits. Usually motion is what seems to capture the intensity of the sport best, but I wanted to concentrate on the people, and emphasise the soulfulness of surfing through their portraits.”
After receiving his Baccalaureus Technologies Photography degree Cum Laude from the Pretoria Technikon Arts Campus, Justin has worked as both a commercial and fine art photographer. His work has been widely published (read more about Justin’s other portrait series here and here) and celebrated with numerous awards, including the Fuji Film Award for portraiture.
Justin describes his artistic practice as being driven by his “love for new experiences” and says, “I want people to be affected by my images… As long as someone is feeling something, I am achieving my goals.” These goals are without a doubt achieved in the striking new photographs that make up Seeking Sirens.