Up and coming photographer Courtney Rabbit is this month’s #Canonx10and5 winner. The Cape Town-based artist is a full-time student at the ORMS Cape Town School of Photography. We chat to her following the captivating image she submitted for our photography competition. Rabbit’s image shows a group of distressed women holding placards with the words ‘Enough is Enough’.
When did you first pick up the camera and what made you get into photography?
I started shooting about three years ago during my penultimate year in law. I realized that I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life doing something I wasn’t passionate about just for material comfort, so I got a part-time job and bought a camera and started shooting.
What does the art of photography mean to you?
I see photography as a tool to express my ideas and state of mind, whether it is abstract or narrative-driven.
Did you study the profession or was it self taught?
I am a bit of both now, I commenced photographic studies this year on scholarship with ORMS but prior to that, I was self-taught. I wanted to spend a full year just immersed in art and not juggling it with other studies.
What are you trying to communicate through your art/photography?
I communicate whatever is relevant to me at a particular time, whether it’s using food to look back at my childhood or sculptures to illustrate abstract thoughts, it is basically whatever I want the viewer to feel. I sometimes leave my work open for interpretation.
What has been your career highlight thus far?
Last week, I exhibited in Youngblood and placed second in a photography competition. Getting the scholarship with ORMS was just as amazing.
Are you currently working on any new projects/exhibition?
I am working on a few projects exploring spaces and places as well as sculpture and still life. Some of the work will be exhibited on the 28 November 2019 at Orms School of Photography.
Where can people find/purchase your work?