Lillian Neto, an Angolan lady that came to Cape Town 6 years ago with the intention to graduate from Analytical Chemistry course; which she achieved at Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Towards the end of the course, the curiosity and the desire to learn more of photography grew; and between continue with her post-graduation course, she decided to leave Chemistry behind and follow the dream of learning more of Photography. It had been a time of challenges, achievements and discovery for her during the course. In her free time she likes spending time with friends, singing and dancing.
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 didn’t know much about photography except that you needed to ﬁnd a beautiful background and press the shutter button. So all genres that I have been introduced to throughout the year, have been super interesting for me.
Analogue (film) or Digital photography and why?
Analogue photography captivated me ﬁrst for the fact the fact that after the picture is taken, can’t be deleted; it makes you think carefully about composition and elements before taking a picture; and because it has a vintage feel to it.
What subject matter do you find yourself drawn to?
Why did you choose to study photography?
I was introduced to photography couple of years ago and some friends showed me the basics of it; once I bought my ﬁrst camera I had the desire to know more, to explore and strive to a professional one day.
What has been the most noteworthy shoot/project you have done this year?
Body Project (creative photography)
Who is your biggest photographic influence at the moment and how/why?
Louis Greenﬁeld. My last project of the year involved dance and I was inspired by her early work on dancers.
What has been your biggest misconception about photography as a practice?
That it was the easiest thing, that you just point and shoot and anything could be ﬁxed in post-production.
What is the most valuable thing you have learnt on the course?
Practice, practice, practice; push yourself, and ask for help.
What advice would you give to anyone seriously considering applying for the course?
Explore as much as you can, ask for help when needed and have lots of fun.
How has photography shifted the way that you navigate the world?
Visually I became more attentive to everything that is surrounding me; I feel like my eyes became a camera.