One Self-Taught Photographer’s Journey from Instagram to Adobe Lightroom

Cape Town photographer Luxolo Witvoet is an up-and-coming street and fashion photographer who is passionate about creating beautiful, narrative-driven imagery. Along with photography, Luxolo also uses painting and film to express his creativity. 

As someone who is more focused on the art of photography instead of how to make money from it, Luxolo is able to explore and create freely using his Canon gear.

We asked him a few questions to find out more about his journey as  Canon Creative.

How did you get started with photography? Did you receive any formal training?

I got started in 2016 by capturing and posting images of my friends on Instagram. I haven’t received any formal training other than browsing though online magazines and spending countless hours looking through photography books at the central library.

What gear are you currently using?

I am currently using a Canon 550D and Adobe Lightroom for retouching.

How would you describe your photography style?

I would describe my style as ever-evolving and transformative with a big focus on street, fashion, documentary and fine art photography. 

What is the most challenging aspect of photography for you?

Safety can be a challenging aspect of photography, as is finding the funds for gear and printing.

What do you look for when shooting?

To be honest, that is a very difficult question because it differs all the time. The spontaneity of photography means that sometimes you only discover the message or something special about the image much later on. Sometimes, I just want to sculpt an image that contains beauty and truth. Other times, it may be the silliest thing and I might want to make an image the dopest it can possibly be.

What would be a dream assignment for you?

Anything to do with traveling across Africa, visiting other countries, immersing myself in other cultures and ethnicities, and learning about the other side of humanity. 

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