Ordinary people ….

…. or is it extraordinary?

I prefer to portrait people as they are; not as they want to be seen. That makes me a very difficult photographer for wedding and event shoots. But there are also many  exceptions and these extra-ordinary people insist to see themselves through my eyes. With portrait photography I like to shoot at an unexpected moment. With the processing I add, erase, tone and texture etc. etc. until I’m content with the result. Take for example the portrait of Zama (move with cursor over the images to see the captions). Zama puts IsiXhosa magic in her profession which makes her one of the best baristas in the Western Cape, South Africa. I pictured her, this afternoon, during a break in the kitchen of the eat cafe where she works. Zama is a very sweet and proud personality, hard working to get her child the best education possible. She has humor and is a great communicator once you get to know her but also very discreet and distinguished.

And so every portrait should tell you its own story about the person or at least provide you with an idea about the personality (as I experienced).

The best compliment for my portrait photography I got from an international operating photographer in Washington DC. This colleague identified Beatrice as coming from Northern Germany, possible from Berlin,  business-wise plus also radiating an alternative lifestyle. Beatrice lived in several places in Northern Germany but was born in Berlin and regarding the rest my colleague also hit the nail on its head. If that is not extra-ordinary?

Lobola

Lobola means ‘dowry’ and is an old (South) African tradition that after negotiations the broom pays the dowry in cows but the family of the bride pays for the wedding and usually plays even. The more cows; the bigger (more important) the wedding. The ‘lobola’ in the picture says that there is a fairly big wedding on its way in this village.

Lobola

 

The Honeymoon

Yesterday I published some pictures of flowers, shot the day before. Of 3 of these flowers I used elements in this portrait of the honeymoon of Xolile and Matrone. No; I’m not doing wedding photography but this was a special occasion as you can read in the link.