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AfrikaBurn in its full glory by Steven Morrow #photography

 AfrikaBurn in its full glory by Steven Morrow #photography
Who is Steve Morrow and what do you do?

I am a fire engineer by trade and a passionate photographer in my spare time. I am based in Cape Town and find it to be a truly inspiring city.

Tell us about your work?

My main focus has always been landscapes and urban exploration (urbex). I went to my first AfrikaBurn in 2014 to build an artwork called the NowNow Tree and completely fell in love with the event and the Tankwa Karoo. I shot a series of digital photos that year which I think captured some of the magic of the burn and got hooked by the sensory overload of it all. I began shooting 35 mm film fairly recently, and am finding it challenging but rewarding. I shot three rolls at this year’s burn in some testing conditions and continue to be amazed by how much more life is present in the images when compared to digital shots.

What inspires your work?

I am inspired by forgotten places and scenes with dramatic light and a sweeping sense of scale. I also draw inspiration from quite a few photographers who share their work on social media platforms (chiefly Instagram).

What are you currently working on?

I am shooting portraits on film in natural settings in and around Cape Town. I am also working on amassing an army of old Nikon film cameras!

What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?

Shoot wildly with your digital camera, experiment and play around, then apply what you’ve learnt with your film camera.

What has been the highlight of your career thus far?

I would have to say it was when National Geographic Books approached me to publish one of my travel images. I also have frequent mini-highlights when I am pleasantly surprised with how a roll of film turned out!

Where can our readers follow your work? ( social media, website etc)

Instagram: @morrowsteven



Molly the Mollusc resting at dawn.

Oryx850 by Simon Max Bannister, steadfast against Friday morning’s dust storm.

Mutant vehicles gather at the DMV (Department of Mutant Vehicles)

Festival-goers gather around Obscura 2010 by the Dix Collective (a real-world manifestation of Hergé’s rocket from Tintin)

The Rehearsal with Project O in the background.

People were fashioning all kinds of protection against the dust storm and strong winds that greeted participants on Friday morning.

The last rays on the sun illuminate an unidentified festival-goer wandering across the binnekring.

The Beat and the Breath by Lucille Barnard at dawn on Sunday.

Leah at dawn. Waking up for the burn of Project O at dawn on Sunday was difficult as it was bitterly cold but turned out to be well worth it as the occasion was a very special one.
Header  Image: Here by Nix Davies and the Space Cowboys. The dust storm on Friday made for some difficult shooting conditions but also for stunning windswept scenes.

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