A few months ago I had the opportunity to model for Pretoria based photographer, Loretta April Segatle, in one of her photography projects. I don’t know a lot of photographers but if I were to list my favourite, she would definitely be one of them. I’ve always admired her work so like all my other favourite things, she had to be on the blog. Take a second to read all about her passion for photography and check out her work on imagebyapril.s or Loretta_april, (her Instagram posts are stunning). I especially loved her favourite quote by Martha Graham, it reminded me that we are all here to serve a unique purpose without which the world would be incomplete.
- What drew you to photography?
Growing up as an introverted only child for much of 12 years, I looked toward things in the house for ‘company’ or entertainment. There was always a camera in the house, not DSLR but entry level analogue (film) and digital cameras. When I didn’t finish my first year of varsity, faced with what felt like an ‘incomplete’ year, I got my first DLSR camera, completed a short introductory course and here I am today.
- Among your work, which one is your favourite and why?
When I first started out, I loved all the work I came up with because each image felt like a first. I didn’t have an ‘eye’, much less a preference with regard to which type of photography I liked. With time, and an increased sense of understanding and appreciation for it, my favourite work is, a lot of the time, one which extends to me complete creative freedom.
- Which photographers do you most admire?
The list grows often, but currently:-
- What influences your work?
My frame of mind at that time. Life happens, and my interests are reflective of what is going on around me, in addition, what I learn or am exposed to at that time, manages to sometimes merge itself into my work.
- Is the a common message behind all your work or does each photograph tell its own unique story?
Not all of my images are created to communicate a message, some are just an outlet, and some may come from influence, experience or its just work. With certain projects however, such as the nude images, I use the work to encourage a different way of looking at a naked body.
- Black and white vs colour, how do you decide?
It’s really an ongoing internal debate. Some images are obvious, looking at them during the editing process, it becomes clear that it needs to lose colour or keep it. Others, are much more difficult, I end up having a copy of the same image.
- Your favourite Quote?
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.” Martha Graham