She has built a name for herself through her photographic skills&lets her camera do the talking on her behalf, we welcome Fundiswa Ntoyi.
TCP(TheCreativePattern) FN (Fundiswa Ntoyi)
TCP: A little background on who Fundiswa Ntoyi is?
FN:It’s very hard to say who Fundiswa Ntoyi is, I am a work in progress.But a brief background about myself; I was born, raised and still live in Bloemfontein. I have a B.A Degree in Communication Science. I love taking photographs and sketching. Fundiswa Ntoyi is a force to be reckoned with.
TCP: A brief breakdown on your photography history?
FN:My photography history goes as far back as 8 or 9 years ago when I picked up an old camera from my neighbour’s house. At the time I didn’t know that photography would have so much impact in my life. I have always been fascinated with images and often wondered how they were created, what was going through the photographers mind when he/she captured an image. Fast forward to 2010 that’s when I bought my camera a Nikon D90 and I have never looked back since.
TCP: What makes Fundiswa Ntoyi’s photography distinct?
FN:I am on a quest to create a signature feel or look for my photography, for my work to be easily identifiable in a crowd, but without limiting my style or technique. Thats where i am trying to go. I have been called a queen of portraits by my industry peers, I would then say my approach to creating and capturing portraits makes my work distinct.
TCP: Local&international inspirational photographers?
FN:Local: Andile Buka, Mpho Mokgadi, I See A Different You, my dear friend Tsocu Maela, Mr Alf Khumalo
International: Lakin Ogunbanwo, Mambu Bayoh, Annie Leibovitz, Rog and Bee Walker, Andre Wagner.
TCP: How has your photography journey been thus far?
FN:It has been a fulfilling journey, emotionally and spirituality. I believe the soul is elevated to another level when it is satisfied. There are images I have shot, and everytime I look at them my heart is at ease.
TCP: What have you learned from collaborating with South African creatives & photographers?
FN:I have collaborated with one of my great friend Sikelela Msuseni. I have learned that 2 brains are better than one. Lol because you bounce ideas off each other and you learn to give other people’s ideas a chance.
TCP: What keeps you curious to always take photos?
FN:Moments. There are moments that have to be portrayed.
TCP: Can you tell us what your go-to gear would be on a shoot?
FN:A 50mm lense is my go to lense I shoot mostly portraits and this lense allows me to get exactly what I need in a frame.
TCP: What’s your useable-to-unusable ratio when you review images from a shoot?
FN:I rely mostly on my heart it’s very strange, when ever I review pictures from a shoot, I can immediately tell if a picture is the perfect one if my heart skips a beat when I look at it. Strange right?
TCP: Which country would you like to go shoot at & why?
FN:Kenya and Nigeria I have friends who are photographers and when I look at their images I always wish I took them. I have a sincere love for those two countries.
TCP: What to expect from Fundiswa Ntoyi in 2016?
FN:Collaborations, a new body of work and exhibitions
TCP: What advice do you have for photography enthusiasts looking to go professional?
FN:It’s not rocket science. Passion over everything, if it feels right to you, then it probably is. Shoot shoot shoot.
We from TheCreativePattern would like to thank you Fundiswa for having a chat with us about your love&life through photography.All the best with your future endeavors,God bless. We leave you with a meaningful quote.
“Photography is an austere and blazing poetry of the real”.~Ansel Adams.
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