“I am 24 years old, my ﬁrst career was as a chef, I was very dedicated to it, started studying to be a chef when I was still in grade 11. I did my diploma in a part Qme course and working over weekends at one of the top restaurants in South Africa, but I was still very young. 7 years later and I decided to do something diﬀerent, that’s when I decided to follow my other passion, photography. I had a complete shift in lifestyle and became a student again. This chance has given me a new outlook on life.”
View his photographs produced during this year, along with his year-end interview below:
When you started the programme what genre of photography were you interested in and has this shifted over the course of the year?
With my cheﬃng experience, I thought it be best to stick to what I know, namely food photography. My mind is still set to it!
Analogue (ﬁlm) or Digital photography and why?
I will always love ﬁlm, but sometimes I am just way to lazy so digital is the way for me.
What subject matter do you ﬁnd yourself drawn to?
I love the weird and wonderful, things that make you stare in awe. From people to landscapes, when I see or think of something I like I make a plan to capture it. For example my pigs head I photographed.
Pick three words/phrases that describe your approach to the medium?
Passion. Colour. Pleasure.
Why did you choose to study photography?
I have always enjoyed taking photos, I did photography in grade 12, and in a way wanted to study it after school, but by then I was already working as a chef part-time for 2 years and got oﬀered a position at Overture Restaurant. I couldn’t let that opportunity go and by the time I ﬁnished there I didn’t see myself as a photographer anymore, many years later and here I
What has been the most noteworthy shoot/project you have done this year?
There has been a few, but referring back to my pigs head, it was actually a product photography assignment, then the other one was the ﬂash photography assignment where I went to photograph my grandmother.
Who is your biggest photographic inﬂuence at the moment and how?/why?
I honestly don’t have one speciﬁc person, I consider myself an observer and steal a little from everybody.
What has been your biggest misconception about photography as a practice?
That it would be easy, there is so much planning and eﬀort behind a picture, then there’s the courage, believe it or not, you need to engage with every person you meet or see, you can’t just hide behind the camera.
What is the most valuable thing you have learned on the course?
I think this is a self-taught skill encouraged by the course, connecting with people, being able to walk up to some stranger and ask them if I could take a picture of them.
What advice would you give to anyone seriously considering applying for the course?
Put in the work, it might seem a lot at the start, but you get used to it and it only gets more as time passes, but by then you know how to handle it.
How has photography shifted the way that you navigate the world?
I see things now, I would notice things like buildings that I would never have thought about before.GERDUS' INSTAGRAM