From documentary to fashion to fine art – the photography industry is an immensely wide and varied creative field. Whether shooting on film or digital, making beautiful images is about more than just timing, it requires an understanding of light, technical skills and a good eye. This industry is also a very competitive one, and in order to make a name for yourself you need a unique and visually interesting style. Focussed on cultivating a generation of leading creative thinkers, Vega School of Brand Leadership builds, nurtures and trains whole brain thinkers who explore all the aspects of being a photographer across the many fields within photography.
In this video we chat to three photographers who attended Vega and now work full-time in the industry. Hanro Havenga, Zelé Angelides and Herman Verwey have all made a name for themselves by producing interesting, yet completely different work. Here they share with us their knowledge about breaking into the industry, finding and refining their style, and juggling commercial work with work they’re passionate about.
More about the photographers:
Street photographer Hanro Havenga taught himself the basics of photography before he attended Vega to fine-tune his skills and style. His work captures the people and the world around him in a way that’s raw and sincere. Working with moving images too, he has shot a few videos including the Desmond and the Tutus ‘Zim Zala Bim‘ music video. He also has an interesting ongoing personal project called BestRand, which is a growing collection of photographs taken of the things he sees on, as he puts it, a daily-ish basis.
Shooting on film and digital, Zelé Angelides‘ work focusses on fashion photography and portraiture, and she’s moving into conceptual photography now too. She’s also a trained graphic designer.
See her work at zeleangelides.com.
Working as a full-time documentary photographer for Media 24, a large part of Herman Verwey‘s portfolio includes action-filled images of hard news stories, sport events and news conferences. He discovered his passion through this, and much of his personal work now includes documenting and raising awareness around disabilities and disabled sports in particular.
Vega has campuses in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town where they offer full-time degrees, diplomas and certificates, as well as part-time courses and workshops.