Who is Thulani Kubeka and what do you do?
Thulani Kubeka is a self-taught Johannesburg-based photographer from Dobsonville Ext 3 in Soweto and currently works at lampost productions.
How would you define your style or art?
I don’t think I have found one specific way or style that I can identify with as I’m still discovering new ways to create and experimenting with different techniques.
What inspires your work?
I’m inspired by the people I work with, seeing and learning how they do things is incredible for me, I love that I’m always the student and never the teacher cause every day you learn.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently continuing my body of work, which is an exploration of my seasonal affective disorder, this is a type of depression that occurs within different seasons and with me, it occurred each year during winter.
Around this time my focus starts fading, most of the time I’m there in the physical but mentally I’m fatigued. I have a fear of rejection, anxiety, insomnia, and social withdrawals. With this work, I aim to visually interpret and explore my emotional state and challenges that lead me to constant vulnerability and disconnection from everything else.
Turning the camera and focusing it on myself is a better way of therapy and dealing with these overwhelming challenges and process of solitude.
What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
Find what you love and research it! I think most creative’s don’t really research their crafts as much as they should. We often get caught in the “Now” factor, we want to do things for the now and I strongly believe that in order to move forward we have to move back and see how people in the past did it and learn and move better than they did. Another thing I would say to young creative is to believe in your art and always remember that everything happens at its own pace.
What has been the highlight of your career thus far?
The highlight of my career has to be being able to share some of my personal work and exhibiting alongside talented students of the market photo workshop in Newtown and working with old mutual for a calendar exhibition with itweb magazine and being a participant in the 5th World Biennial of Student Photography
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