Personal: The Drakensberg photographed on a Hasselblad
So life has been pretty hectic since we've started our new adventure which is Modern Hearts. In the winter of 2011 we quit our day jobs and decided to shoot weddings together and to go for it, all the way. We didn't know if it would work out, both coming from a different field of photography - Deon used to assist commercial photographers and I studied documentary photography in The Netherlands, and if we would be able to work together as a couple. But it did work out, it's working out - and we would like to thank everyone who believed in us from the beginning. So thank, you.
Two years down the road and we feel like we're entering a new chapter. We're looking at the deeper meaning of our photography, at how does our photography reflect us?
So in my first years of my documentary photography studies you learn about other photographers. You research them; in the studio you try to get an 'Avedon' lighting setup, you try to make replica photographs of a Caravaggio painting and you try to understand the build up of a photographer's book.
In the third year you've seen what all the photographers have done, and what other photographers are doing around you and you start creating your own work.
And that's basically where we are now. We've looked at a lot of wedding photographers around the globe, studied their style and now we know what's out there. We are ready to improve our own style. Two great tips from photographers we admire come to mind. The first one is from Jonas Peterson, he mentioned in one of the new Framed episodes that if you want to become a better photographer you have to become a more interesting person.
The second one is from Samm Blake, she mentioned somewhere that it is important to have your own personal project going, besides your wedding work.
So this season we are trying to get more inspired, not only by photographers, but with life, with experiences, travel and meeting new people. And whenever we have some spare time we'll be excited to create our own projects.
The photos below are taken by me with my Hasselblad 500 C/M and Kodak T-MAX 100 film. It's a little study about the relationship between humans and their environment and hopefully it's the start of an ongoing project.