Today we have a chat with Sherilea Gaspar about her passion for photography.
Who is Sherilea and what do you do?
My name is Sherilea Gaspar I’m a jozi based photographer and blogger. I grew up in the wonderful town of Boksburg *insert your joke here* where I spent most of my time on my skateboard, its through skateboarding that my love for photography grew. After I finished matric I went to study photography at the Tshwane University of Technology where I completed my national higher diploma in photography.
I now work full-time as an in-house photographer at Wideopen Platform an advertising company in Sandton. But as all photographer I cant be tied down to my 9-5 so I do various personal work in my free time varying from events and fashion to urban landscape photography.
How would you define your style or art?
This is kind of a hard question for me, as I kinda feel that I don’t limit myself to one specific style, I prefer to be versatile and adapt to what ever challenge is thrown at me.
The one thing I can say about my “style” is that I like to keep my work “real”, I’m not really one for manipulating my images to much, I prefer to leave my images as close as possible to the way they looked in reality.
But every now and then I feel a bit arty and will make surreal images, this is art so its always nice to have a little fun creating images that could only exist in ones imagination.
What inspires your work?
I draw inspiration from the world around me and the people who live on it. I love Jozi and often I think of her as my muse, no matter how many times I explore her streets and buildings I’m always amazed at the new things I see and discover.
Johannesburg is a vibrant yet misunderstood city for those of us who live, work and party there we know the true beauty of our city but it still amazes me when people say “I cant believe you like Johannesburg, its so dirty and dangerous.”
Its for this reason that I enjoy taking images that portray the beauty of the city with all her city light, graffiti walls and vibrant colorful inhabitants.
What are you currently working on?
This year I have decided to put myself out there a bit more and to share my work with more people. I will be having my 1st solo exhibition entitled Portraits of a City, it opens on 28 March 2013 and will run until 3 April 2013, this is very exciting for me as I have wanted to have an exhibition for quite a while now and finally that dream is coming true. I will also be working on the Authentic Creatives project entitled ‘May Joburg Bless You’ and the images from the shoots will be displayed in a group exhibition on the 28 May 2013. I will also be working on various personal project through-out the year.
What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
The best advice I can give is to do you, don’t let others dictate to you how things “should” be done. Another useful hint is learn to take criticism, whether you agree with it or not, as with any visual art form people will always have their own opinions on your work and they will often freely give you these opinions. Sometimes you may not like what you hear but listen and learn from it especially when it comes from someone who has a lot more experience in the real world than you may have. Lastly never be afraid to ask for help, the worst that can happen is that you may get a no, don’t let that stop you get back up and try again.
Where can our readers follow your work?
You can check out some of my work on my blog: www.sheri-g.tumblr.com or on our company page www.facebook.com/GASphotographic