My name is Unam Ntantala, a 22 year old Bcom Accounting student & photographer from Johannesburg.

Unam Ntantala
Photo Cred: LeboLukeWarm
Unam Ntantala
Photo Cred: John Baloyi

 2.When did your photography journey come to life?  

My photography journey began in 2012 after my grandmother bought me a camera as a gift after I had returned from the mountains. At first, I just used to take images of my friends and the people around me as well as whatever else interested me but soon I found myself getting into photography and trying to make my images look a certain way and that’s when the real journey began. The journey of turning a passion into a business.


3.How do you maintain relevancy in your craft, stay grounded in the process & find inspiration?                                                            

How I maintain relevance is simply by sticking to what I know best but at the same time not being afraid to play around with the craft and have as much fun with it as I possibly can. I always say that even though this is a business now but I never approach it as one because the most important thing is to enjoy what I’m doing and everything else will follow. Haha, how I stay grounded is by reminding myself that there is only one God that deserves praise and what I do needs to be used as a tool to bring praise to God and expand his church and followers. I’m constantly inspired by where I’m from (Eastern Cape) and the pride my people have in themselves.

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4.Please take us through your cycle of obstacles & achievements on your journey to success?                                          

I personally wouldn’t say I’m successful yet in my career however with time and enough patience I surely will be. The obstacles I’ve faced on my journey are mainly client loyalty and expansion of my client base. My biggest achievement has certainly been shooting for a Switzerland based company which I certainly had a lot of fun working with.

5.What project have you worked on that you have received the utmost overwhelming feedback?                                                            

All my projects have received equal success …

6.Photographers&ordinary people you draw inspiration from?

The photographers I draw inspiration from are:

Rog Walker

Jimmy Nelson


John Baloyi

Siphesihle Mmusane

Andile Buka

The people I draw inspiration from are:

Lulama Mlambo

Jerry van Vorstenbos

Steven Onoja

Joshua Kissi


7.Please name a few people you have worked with and still wanna work with?

I’ve worked with bloggers and influencers mainly such as Lulama Wolf, Lerato K, Mihlali Ndamase, Lindiwe Ngubeni  to name a few and at the moment I’d love to work with Yoliswa Mqoco haha, she’s super funky. I love working with people who aren’t particularly well known for my own reasons.

8.Whats the latest project you working on?                                                    

I’m currently working on an on-going project that I started working on with my brother in 2014. It’s a project that highlights the life of Xhosa initiates in South Africa.

You can interact with Unam Ntantala through the following:

Twitter & Instagram: @unamntantala.



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