Keegan Moffatt

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Born in 1989, Keegan Moffatt is a South African photographer based in Cape Town. With a curious nature, his work largely explores spaces and places, and how light and shadows interact with them to shape a visual language.

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 it shifted over the course of the year?

Prior to the course most of my shooting time was spent exploring landscapes and capturing the romanticism that I saw in the natural world. With a love for the ocean, surf photography has always captivated me. These will always be important to me, however, the course has opened up so many new doors, and I now find my main interest to be light and how it shapes subject matter.

Analogue (film) or Digital photography and why?

I largely shoot digital because of the speed and ease of the workflow, but there will always be a special time and place for film.

What subject matter do you find yourself drawn to?

Largely spaces and places, and how light interacts with them.

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

Exploratory, engaging, considerate.

Why did you choose to study photography?

I believe the camera can be used as a tool to navigate through the world, and it is essential to understand ones’ tools completely. More importantly, studying in a space with like-minded people offers something far more valuable than technical skills.

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

The documentary project proved to be very insightful. The process taught me how a camera can be used for so much more than simply making an image.

This project allowed me to get in touch with a musician from Nigeria, Jo Kunnuji, and to share his story, learn about the Ogu people, and listen to some sweet jazz and ethnic music whilst making a short film and photographs.

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

Gregory Crewdson is a big influence of mine at the moment. Although he works on a large scale, the weird moments of transcendence that he creates are things that I seek out in my surrounding environments.

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

That it is truthful.

That it is fake.

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

A new way to look, manipulate, and interact with light, darkness, and the world.

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

F/8 is usually a safe bet! If you’re at the serious point, do it, and make it your own. It’ll change the world around you!