Getruda Richard born and raised in Tanzania, moved to Cape Town at the age of 15. She always loved to be in front of the camera, but as the time went by, got more curious about how it was being behind the camera. She started taking pictures randomly and blindly not knowing what she doing or capturing. Her curiosity brought her to a point of studying photography and taking it seriously as a life time career.
She uses a Canon DSLR camera to photograph her work. Including telling stories with her images, she is more drawn to fashion and environmental portrait photography.
View her photographs produced during this year, along with her 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?
I have always had an interest in fashion and so I was naturally drawn to fashion photography.
Analogue (film) or Digital photography and why?
I prefer digital photography because I feel comfortable with it.
What subject matter do you find yourself drawn to?
With my interest in fashion, I am drawn to photographing people in creative ways and I especially enjoy photographing in natural landscape areas.
Pick three words/phrases that describe your approach to the medium?
Artistic, dramatic and feeds.
Why did you choose to study photography?
I chose photography because I wanted to be a model like Tyra Banks but did not find the right agency for me at the time. I still wanted to be part of the fashion industry and so I decided to learn what it is like to be on the other side of the lens as a photographer.
What has been the most noteworthy shoot/project you have done this year?
Creative (body project) using film.
Who is your biggest photographic influence at the moment and how/why?
Albus Dingwall. He is my biggest photographic influence, I love the way he works with colour, tone, and most of all skin they way he treats his subjects in the photographs it amazing to me.
What has been your biggest misconception about photography as a practice?
Illusion and false impression.
What is the most valuable thing you have learnt on the course?
That is to always look at things in another way and another perspective.
What advice would you give to anyone seriously considering applying for the course?
That is to plan your shoots early and to always acknowledge the honest criticisms given by your lecturers and peers.
How has photography shifted the way that you navigate the world?
Very differently now I see beauty and meaning in everything I see.GETRUDA'S INSTAGRAM