Andani Al Mukosi

2020

Andani Al Mukosi, born and raised in Soweto, South Africa. Currently based in Johannesburg.

With the moldings of ghetto life and trimmings of fast-paced city living, Mukosi creates imagery that effortlessly reflects both the grime and glory of the city he inhabits.
The portfolio below serves as a form of visual documentation of his current involvements within the photographic industry. His work focuses on the urban youth of South Africans, together with the dynamic approaches to lifestyles within the contemporary metropolitan city of Johannesburg.

View their photographs produced during this year, along with their year-end interview below:

PHOTOGRAPHER'S INSTAGRAM

YEAR-END INTERVIEW

When you started the programme what genre of photography were you interested in and has it
shifted over the course of the year?

At the beginning of the year I was interested in all of the genres and that is why I opted to come study here at Orms to discover other genres. I would say I still am interested in all the genres of Photography.

Analogue (film) or Digital photography and why?

I would choose Digital not because I prefer it over film but because the film camera is expensive to use and digital has effectively no costs when you need to take pictures. A film camera is awesome but expensive to work with.

What subject matter do you find yourself drawn to?

I would say the subject matter I am drawn to is Nature/ Landscapes, I always wander around taking pictures when I am in places with those elements.

Pick three words/phrases that describe your approach to the medium?

Passion, Vision, and Color.

Why did you choose to study photography?

I have always been interested in taking pictures, while I was working at the Bank, I decided to buy a camera because everyone kept on telling me to buy one. After a while, I felt like I was not in the right field so I left the Bank and decided to study something I really enjoy doing.

What has been the most noteworthy shoot/project you have done this year?

I would say it was the Architecture shoot. There were a lot of things to consider before the shoot, for example, you had to pay attention to the weather, time of day, and be particularly patient. I had to go up to the 33rd floor with stairs in order to be on the Rooftop to get some shots. It was my birthday that day!

Who is your biggest photographic influence at the moment and how/why? (Not restricted to a
photographer!)

I would say my biggest photographic influence is David Lachapelle because his work is different from other photographers and I am a big fan of work that is different from what everyone else is doing. David’s concepts are so unreal and my favourite work from him was the Jesus series.

What has been your biggest misconception about photography as a practice?

To tell the difference between a fake image and a real image.

What is the most valuable thing you have learned from the course?

A new way to look at composition, along with the importance of composition to an image.

What advice would you give to anyone seriously considering applying for the course?

I would say be ready to have your mind blown! You will learn nearly everything about photography. Be ready to work every single day. Make sure you really enjoy photography.

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