“A photograph is not just a representation of what one sees in reality. It often represents something that is not seen by an ordinary observer. A photograph is definitely worth a thousand words, and it has the power to convey a whole new meaning of a particular situation. While photography may be a hobby to some, this art form is a complete profession to many, as it offers various avenues to aspiring photographers.”
The name Eugene Mahlaba resonate zealousness, passion and vibrancy, born and bred in Sekhukhune Monsterlus, Limpopo and then later moved to Pretoria, this famous and exhilarating Capricorn FM weekend breakfast presenter is not only a radio host on his popular show called “The Weekend Fix” on weekends, Saturday and Sunday morning between 06H00-09H00 but he is also a DJ and a Photographer.
Through social media Mega Artist Magazine was able to identify Eugene’s potential ability for photography. His photos got him recognized as a photographer by SA iPhoneography which awarded him an opportunity to showcase his work at the National Exhibition in Sandton, Johanneburg. We got hold of him to tell us about his experience in photography.
The First Click
I stated photography in August, 2013. The idea of taking pictures come about after I bought an iPhone 5. It takes astonishing pictures. It really inspired my passion for taking pictures and from that moment I never stopped. I do a flash of everything in photography since I’m still in the journey to discovering myself behind the lens. I find landscape and nature intriguing and that’s what influences most of my shots. I would love to do Architectural and Weddings as I grow in the Industry. I read numerous publications about photography. The publications teach me about lighting, focus etc. I also follow some of the best photographers on Social Media for my mentoring process and research purposes about the industry and so far for me, Zeno Petersen and Ofentse Mwase, both based In South Africa are the best photographers.
Photography gives me an opportunity to tell a story about things that I find interesting. It can bring out hidden beauty in any object and also educates. Today I know about landmarks in other countries like France, England etc because of photography. This allows me the opportunity to reveal the beauty and landmarks in Limpopo. My work flow entails going around an area, taking pictures of objects that I find interesting, then add some effects ( If necessary) but usually i just adjust my contrast and brightness of the image to bring out the elements. Every process happens in the palm of my hands. I just taking advantage of technology and I came up with something beautiful.
Believe it or not I just use my iPhone 5 for now and that’s all. I use Mobile Apps, especially Instagram to enhance my photos and i use standard photography techniques, and that is, focus – manual. I believe that one does not necessarily need to require the most expensive equipment. A good photograph would require the expertise of a clever eye that is trained to capture moments in the best way possible.
Favourite and worst work
I don’t have a favourite at all. The pictures that I took few days, weeks or months ago don’t excite me the way they did at the time. I feel like I could do better every time. I have two that stands out for me though, which is an old bicycle (1960’s) that I took at an event where they were showcasing vintage cars in Pete Joubert School and the leaves (Autumn) I took in my old drive way. They are special because they helped me get recognized as a photographer by SA iPhoneography and invited me to showcase my work at a National Exhibition that took place in JHB Sandton, October 2014 which is my biggest achievement thus far.
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