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Things have changed quite drastically in the past couple of years with Instagram opening the door to budding photographers around the globe – there are still purists, but why limit your creativity at all? I say experiment as much as you can, until you find your niche and what you love to shoot.”


INTERVIEW: LANI SPICE

PHOTOGRAPHY:  ROY POTTERHILL


When did this Iphoneography journey begin for you?

Way back at the beginning of 2011, a short few months after it was launched. Being an early adopter, I’ll give anything a go!

PS: For the record, I prefer the term Mobile Photography – we are not limited by the device we shoot on.

These days people upload images taken from other devices such as slrs and even analogue cameras. What are your feelings about that? Do you feel people should rather stick to the availability and the capability of the particular phone they’re using?

No, not at all! I used to be a purist in this regard, but over time I’ve learnt that you are only as good as your ability, or the opportunity you find yourself given; having said that, I only started posting DSLR photos on Instagram in the past 3 months.

Taking into consideration all the effects and filters that come with photography apps these days, is there still such a thing as a “purist” within the instagram community?

Things have changed quite drastically in the past couple of years with Instagram opening the door to budding photographers around the globe – there are still purists, but why limit your creativity at all? I say experiment as much as you can, until you find your niche and what you love to shoot.

Do you feel that you approach the composition of your work differently, simply because you have to fit it into a smaller viewing space?

I find that editing photos on my phone, I pay far more attention to detail. Really enjoy getting lost in my tiny screen!

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You’re sitting on 133 000 followers, did you ever imagine that kind of support? Do you think your work has evolved as a result of the variety of people viewing it?

I still struggle to believe that there is such an interest in my work, it’s humbling. It has most definitely forced me to be my best!

Do you feel it necessary to plan the subject matter of your posts, or do you feel it’s better to take it as it comes?

Storytelling is an important part of photography and Instagram, everything from your caption to a series of photos, plays a role in telling that bigger story.

In a nutshell, could you tell us about mobile media mob, how did that come about?

Mobile Media Mob is a Content Agency, specialising in visual communication. We conceptualise, produce, and broadcast unique visual content for brands like Red Bull, South African Tourism and SAB.

I first met my business partner, Thoban Jappie, through Instagram. We both share a similar outlook on the value of content and how people consume media.

Your **mobile photography expanded so much that it seems to be taking you all over the world, what has been your most unexpected and exciting adventure so far?

I’d say a trip I am about to do to New York City in August! But in the past 2 years I have travelled to San Francisco, Spain, France, Hong Kong, Germany and Kenya because of Instagram and all have been incredibly epic!

Has the medium become a full-time job for you now? And if so, how much time do you dedicate to other projects?

I wouldn’t say that, but it’s an integral part of my business now. I’ve never really wanted to Instagram for a living or money.

You recently worked with lumia on a project called #makeithappen where you said “i’ve decided to take my work to the street, making it accessible to real people outside of the digital space.” What inspired this project?

Well, being an artist in the digital space, people outside of that world never get to experience what I do. I have also wanted to make art with my hands, so this was the perfect project to mix it up. Taking inspiration from Shepard Fairey’s massive wheat pastes, I did something similar using my photographs.

Johannesburg in all its beauty and flaws seems to be your muse, what are the elements of the city that influence you the most?

I love Jo’burg’s raw elements, its genuine people and broken streets, its authentic spaces and deep-rooted history.

You’ve said “my instagram started out as a way to simply share all my work with others, but it’s turned into something so much more…” what direction do you imagine it going in the future?

No idea, I’m still exploring the art of photography – I don’t want to ever stop learning, and exploring new landscapes for the first time.


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