Brian Molepo

I was born & raised in Johannesburg. It has made me see life in many different ways. My own cultural background did not influence me because of the area I live in. I was raised with a suburban mentality. I see the world with a lot of opportunities if you are willing to put in the work.


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Brian Molepo


Where are you from, and how do you feel it has influenced the way you look at the world?

 

I was born & raised in Johannesburg. It has made me see life in many different ways. My own cultural background did not influence me because of the area I live in. I was raised with a suburban mentality. I see the world with a lot of opportunities if you are willing to put in the work. 

 

When and how did photography become a part of your life?

 

Photography became apart of my life in 2012 when I started hanging out with my best friend who introduced me to it because he had a bunch of magazine-like VICE & DAZED. So I picked up on it, it was like a different world to me nothing else mattered after that I just wanted to hang out with him & take photos and live a specific lifestyle.

Do you have any inspiration that influences you and your work?

 

I have a lot of influences like I-D Magazine for one. My friends who do amazing stuff that inspires me to do better, on the other hand, I feel like my work tells a story of the Youth Culture Of Johannesburg South Africa that will always be remembered because of the influence it has.

 

Do you feel it’s important for creatives to be open about their process and experiences?

 

Yes I do because if people are fans of yours they want to know how and that is important to share your process & your experiences, Yes I believe that sharing your process & experiences is vital.

What inspires the subject matter in your images, or do you allow it to happen spontaneously?

 

It first happens like an idea like that would be a cool picture if taken with this angel I basically try to tell a story about the situation that I’m in what inspires that is looking at a lot of Magnum Photography.

 

Do you see photography becoming a full-time thing for you in the future, or how do you see yourself evolving?

 

I honestly see myself doing it for another ten years & yes I see it being full time because it is my language its how I speak & its how I let people know what’s going on in my life, but if I ever had to evolve it would be Filmmaking.

 

What medium do you prefer shooting in and what camera are you using at the moment?

 

Medium format is best for me because when looking through that lens it’s a whole different world that you may capture, I shoot with a Nikon D3500 I love my camera.

What drives you to capture an image? What type of situation appeals to you?

 

I love to capture moments that are fast with a lot of energy but what drives me to capture those moments is wanting to make history in my way because we all have a story to tell. You have to make sure that it belongs to you and no one else. 

 

What is the most uncomfortable moment you have encountered while shooting?

 

This one time this guy drove past while I was shooting him and he came out of his car asking me why I am taking photos, and I said it was for a school project, but he was so angry that I was pointing the camera at him we both felt uncomfortable.

Whose work do you admire locally, and why?

 

David Goldblatt. Why? Because I believe that his work is the true South African story told with a camera…

 

Do you have any future projects in the pipeline that you would like to share with us?

 

I will be working on having exhibitions around the country & just photographing something with more substance maybe moving out of the youth culture subject and moving in to a mature place with my photography.


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