Jodie van Wyk

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Jodie Van Wyk, 18, based in Cape Town. Jodie started her love of photography at a young age to escape her difficulties with identity and faith. After a sexual assault that she faced earlier this year, her work has been based on exploring faith and the toxic relationship she had with it. Jodie had only graduated high school in 2017 and is trying to make her name in the industry at a young age. Her experiences and how she had endured trauma are seen in her creative work as it is based off her sexual assault.

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 was really interested in wildlife photography, for some reason I had my mind set on it, but now glamour and landscape has really interested me. Which were both genres of photography I hated before this year.

Analogue (film) or Digital photography and why?

I love the look and feel for film but I do prefer digital over it. Too many things can go wrong when using film. Most mistakes can be corrected on digital.

What subject matter do you find yourself drawn to?

More abstract and creative photography. Subject matter that is unusual and almost always has a deeper meaning.

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

Creative. Eerie. Unhinged.

Why did you choose to study photography?

I always loved photography but I mostly liked the history of photography and the process before and after an image is taken. I wanted to be involved in the process and not just observe.

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

A shoot I really enjoyed was my landscape and glamour shoots for assignments.

Who is your biggest photographic influence at the moment and how/why?

My biggest photographic influence is James Wan, the creative director on most horror films. The way he makes every character feel really inspires me to create the same effect in my images.

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

My biggest misconception on photography has been that it can only be a hobby unless you have connections or are really talented.

What is the most valuable thing you have learnt on the course?

It’s always okay to ask for help.

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

This year is tough and if you don’t really love photography or have a good work ethic, you will struggle but the end result will be worth the struggle.

How has photography shifted the way that you navigate the world?

Photography has definitely made me see the world in a different light, everything is more interesting whether its a trashcan on the side of a road or a church that has been remodeled.