Who is Silas Lekgoathi and what do you do?
I am a freelance creative. I have an educational background in fine arts, but as chance and life goes I’ve been lucky enough to discover skill sets that I hadn’t planned for. So at the current moment I work in both the corporate and marketing fields as a photographer, illustrator/designer and as voice over artist.
Tell us about your work?
My focus at the moment is mostly on photography and voice work, with a few private illustration commissions. I work between Johannesburg and Cape Town. I have been fortunate enough to build a client base in both cities that keeps me busy and traveling on a regular basis. Theres never a bored easily moment, this nomadic lifestyle keeps me inspired and informed about my fields and my own growth within them.
What inspires your work?
People. People inspire me a great deal. That’s why unplanned photographic excursions are my favorite pastime. I often drive around town and see interesting people. I listen to their stories and try my best to capture the mood of their stories and themselves. Everybody loves to hear a good story and everybody has one. You just have to find the time to sit and listen to them.
What are you currently working on?
I have a few personal projects in mind at the moment, that are scattered in my mind, in my journals and memory cards. It can be such a mess of ideas at all the wrong times.
But through my love of people’s stories and newfound love of audio, over the last couple of months I have been recording random conversations with cab drivers from all around the country. What I’ve captured in these conversations are a variety of topics on Route to different destinations all around. I’m hoping when they are ready for people to hear, that this will be a way for South Africans to hear an honest outlook from fellow South Africans, regarding our country and the state of it from people on the ground. We might all share this lovely country but there are many different versions of it. Depending on whom you speak to.
What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
There isn’t a real formula to being creative. There might be guidelines to it. But what one has to figure out at the end of the day, is what form of creativity are you trying to portray. Do you want to be true to your own creative calling and cultivate that? Or would you rather shape it around someone else’s already working model?
Another thing to remember is that, thanks to all these social media platforms, getting in touch with likeminded individuals is now easier than its ever been. We aren’t limited to just the person to your left or right any longer. Explore the net. Find people that inspire you. Trade ideas, secrets and aspirations. You’d be surprised how much you can learn.
Ive met some of my friends this way. And continue to meet more.
What has been the highlight of your career thus far?
The highlight of my career so far has been finding myself in a space and place where I can travel, experience the world but most importantly live off of my natural abilities. Trusting myself at the end of the day has been the most educated move i could make. And I don’t have any plans to look back anytime soon.
Where can our readers follow your work?
On Instagram, Behance and Facebook, under my name: Silas Lekgoathi.