A photographer who still loves film: Brett Steele

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Who is Brett, where are you based and what do you do?
I am a freelance Photographer currently based in Johannesburg. I was born in Harare, Zimbabwe and moved to South Africa at the age of 5. I studied photography in Pretoria at Tshwane University of Technology and completed my diploma at the end of 2009.

You are an awesome photographer. How would you define your style ?
Thank you! I would define my style as honest yet clinical. I try and always portray my subject matter in a sincere way but I have a very clinical way of composing and arranging anything I see through my lens. I guess these two traits form an interesting juxtaposition. To be honest my structured way of framing  and my attention to perfection sometimes frustrate me, and I wish I could be more spontaneous in my work, but I recognise that without these personal traits my photos would have no particular style.

You have a keen interest in analogue. Why so? And do you see film still around in 10 years?
Analogue is the basis and the beginning of all photography and I believe all photographers should appreciate how far things have come.

Shooting film became a nice way for me to separate my hobby from my job. I tend to shoot film for my personal work a lot of the time, as most commercial work will only be done in a digital medium. I am not opposed to digital in any way, I just think that photographers that shoot film are better photographers. In the sense they are not second guessing technical
aspects for their work, and they actually look at their subject matter through the lens before just clicking the button. Analogue photography requires a certain care and structured process that I like to apply to my digital work.

Just another observation I have made over the years; the look and feel of any analogue photograph is completely different to a digital image. I cant explain why, but analogue photographs have more depth and convey more feeling than their digital counterparts. I like to believe that with this in mind, film will always be around as long as people are
photographing. Currently there is quite a revival in analogue photography in the USA and Europe!

What are you currently working on?
I am about to begin a portrait series involving glass and reflections. It’s a project I’ve been mulling over in my head for the past year and a bit, but often I don’t start working on these things until I am able to visualise the finished concepts.

What advice would you give to young South African creatives looking to do what you do.?
Anyone wanting to become a photographer should be aware of the amount of work involved and the long hours. Often working as a photographer is a labour of love and very few times does one really make a lot of money in this profession! A photographer’s work is never really done, but at the same time it is a very rewarding career. I have seen and done things over the past few years that I would never have dreamt of!

A very important part of getting into photography is inspiration. An easy way to be inspired daily is to look at one of the many creative communities on the internet. The one I use most frequently is Behance  and I am constantly in awe of the quality of work posted there!

Where can our readers find your work?
My website URL is  www.brettsteele.co.za and I can be found on Twitter – @Brett_D_Steele.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Comments

  • Reply June 20, 2012

    Nar8iv

    Brett , I like your work.
    The fact that its shot on film adds to my awe because one doesnt have the comfort zone of preview and delete.
    Thank you for providing a refreshing take on photography in an age where everyone with instamatic fancies themselves Ansel Adams

  • Reply June 20, 2012

    Nas Who

    Brett, you absolute boss. If you’re interested in showing off that new project when it’s done, let me know.

  • Reply June 21, 2012

    Marli

    Great photos; Great guy! Well done Brett.

  • Reply June 21, 2012

    Valentina

    Brett is absolutely star! What a great photographer!! Stunning work as per usual Brett!

  • Reply June 19, 2013

    Mark Wright

    Great work. Keep it up

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