Kgosi Kwadi

2020

Kgosi Kwadi began his career in photography during his 10th grade of high school after selecting his specified field of Art. During the final three years of school, his passion continued to grow. He got allocated as the role of Head of Media at his school, in which he fulfilled the duty of capturing sports tours and events. He eventually moved on to capturing events and the night scene in the greater Pretoria and Johannesburg area.

“I aim to illustrate the beauty in the world through my eyes. By enhancing my surroundings with simple  creativity, my art is in it’s true at the spur of the moment rather than orchestrated.” 

Kwadi strongly admires the entertainment industry especially in the field of events photography.

“The intense yet so elegant use of light attracts me. Spontaneous moments thought to be lost in time yet captured from a distance through the use of my weapon of choice….. The DSLR camera.”

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?

The genre of photography was and still is events photography, but I have fallen in love with portraiture as well over the course of the year.

Analogue (film) or Digital photography and why?

I definitely prefer digital over analogue photography, because of how much skill I’ve gained during and outside the course. Analogue photography is a format I would explore as a hobby.

What subject matter do you find yourself drawn to?

The themes I completely adore are shadow photography and candid portraiture.

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

Sensual, a height where the sky can’t catch me and climactic.

Why did you choose to study photography?

The reason I chose to study photography was that I didn’t do so well in my last career choice and felt like I needed to explore other forms of art. I thought I was really good and I haven’t been disappointed with what I am able to produce regardless of how society rates my work.

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

The most noteworthy project I’ve done during 2020 was The Body Project. This was the first time I explored the world of nude photography although for a long time I felt uncomfortable with the theme. It gradually grew on me but it isn’t something I intend to capture more of, instead, I’d rather draw inspiration from it.

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

The biggest creative influence at the moment is my peers that I work closely with. They push me to perfect and better my skills technically and creatively. But to be more specific, Cedric Nzaka is someone in the photography scene that influences me in terms of working hard and smart to achieve goals. The way he does it is by experiencing the lifestyle he works for.

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

The biggest misconception I had about photography is that all professionals use manual. I later realized that many of those I look up to are actually using automatic settings.

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

The most valuable thing I’ve learned is that you can’t expect to be the best at what you do if you don’t have experience outside the course – especially in a world where a new style of art is developed constantly.

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

Photography hasn’t shifted the way I navigate the world, instead, it has taught me how to see it with different states of the mind.

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