What is your favourite film of all time?
“Unbearable Lightness Of Being”,based on the book by Milan Kundera.
What music are you currently listening to and why?
Bach Unaccompanied Cello Suites, at once tearing at my heart and uplifting my spirit.
Which living artists do you most admire and why?
Roger Ballen, for his unbelievable insight in human nature and the raw, magical quality of his surreal, staged world.
Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?
Picasso, for his constant experimentation with new ideas and forms of expression and his marvellous fusion of the spiritual with the erotic as major creative forces.
Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
Da Vinci's unfinished painting, “Adoration Of The MagiI”, in Uffizi Gallery, Florence, for the multi-layered, elusive qualities.
What is the question you get asked most frequently about your work and how do you answer it?
‘Where did you do this or what is it?'I tell them.
What/ who inspired you to be an artist?
Two invitations from strangers who wanted to show my pictures that they happened to see on the online gallery where I posted my pictures to learn about photography.This lead to me to think differently about my "holiday snaps".
Can you tell us about where you make your art and what if any, the significance of this location is.
First in situ, outdoors in a landscape, or in the streets. Then working the mages on my computer, playing with the varying tones, changing colour to black and white and 'painting' back some muted tones. This is when and where what was merely a potentiality when I clicked the shutter, becomes magic for me. Not by introducing new objects or new colours, but by enhancing and emphasizing what has been captured on the sensor by the camera.
What do you like most about being an artist?
Expressing what cannot be said in words. Looking through a lens, turns what seemed interesting into something that suggests intrigue. Refining the ability to ssee potential in objects and scenes, before I look through the lens. the extra thrill when the final image on screen or in print resonates with somebody else. The feeling of sharing an experience is great.
What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
Being featured in an online magazine, "camera Obscura" in April 2009, being invited for a solo exhibition May to June 2010, and selling my work to enthusiatic collectors at this local exhibition in Cape Town as well as at a group exhibition at the 'Affordable Art Fair' in New York May 2010.
What are your plans for the coming year?
Continue marketing my work at local and online galleries; travelling with my camera, writing an article about the experience and making pictures of that cannot be said in any other way.
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