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Featured Photographer - Jacques Weyers

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Here is a story of a boy in board shorts, riding waves and living for summers. A boy who turned into a graphic designer and a graphic designer who left South Africa for London and returned to a photographic killing machine.  


Jacques Weyers will tell you that his big break was the “being in the right place at the right time” cliché. However, his work tells a different story. This photographer is constantly pushing the envelope and continuously producing masterpieces. Fashion was the niche that he chose as it afforded him full control over all the elements involved. Time and time again he reminds us of why he chose fashion; you can see how he masters and manipulates these elements, creating impeccable shots.


He won’t tell you his style is unique, he leaves that up for the viewers to decide. He does however have a preference for colour and low depth of field and a propensity for bringing all the elements in a shot together. His motivations are found in the clichés, the people and world around him.

With 12 years of experience in the industry, Jacques shares a piece of indispensable advice for up and coming photographers; “Take time to understand the brands you are shooting for and always consider their needs. When clients see you have their best interests at heart they will keep coming back.”

The shoot he did for Plus27 was inspired by an amazing location that was about to be demolished, and its Victorian feel was part of that inspiration. He used various continuous light sources; torches, mirrors and party lights. They were all low out-put lighting that added to the soft drama that he wanted for his images. Jacques’ editorial tells the story of the abandoned doll house; the models were positioned like dolls that have been abandoned and forgotten and the only sign of life is in their eyes as though they were finally being rediscovered by the viewer.

Jacques Weyers is a monstrous force to be reckoned with in the world of fashion and photography. He has mauled his way to the top. This man cannot be stopped. Recently whilst shooting in Thailand he had a stomach bug but even a violent projectile inducing bug could not stop him from getting the job done. That in itself is testament that this beast of a photographer cannot be immobilised.

 

Featured Photographer - Michael Meyersveld

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Micheal got held of his father’s camera and started playing around with the instrument at the age of six. He started taking it seriously around 14. He joined the camera club of Johannesburg from a young age where he had the honour of working side by side with some top names. They inspired him and fueled his passion and fascination of photography, which has since taken him to the very top of his game and industry. 


Throughout his years as a photographer he never lost sight of his fine art photography, something that has been very dear to him. Although a highly recommended advertising photographer, he has been moving further and further away from the industry and has been focusing more and more on his own choice pieces.

One of his secrets to success is the age old cliché that is perseverance; he says he is an absolute workaholic, there is no shortcut for hard work. He will go on and on until he gets the shot he wants.

Most of the images in PLUS27 are from the project; staged life which has 4 chapters. The images
are shot using models that he refers as to street models meaning they aren’t the quintessential model and will not stage their own ego as opposed to the ego of the shots. Every image is staged. Micheal doesn’t find images but creates them, they are completely controlled.

The perfection of the images is a result of hands-on work and well though-out ideas. He does his own location find, casting and when possible styling. This ensures that he captures the story exactly
as he wants it. Nothing is left to chance in his images. This sets him apart from many other photographers.

Michael’s images are not always signed and sealed with deeper meaning. In fact he prefers that the viewer sees the images in the way they want to. Images are open for interpretation and some of his images don’t have any specific meaning, but are rather just beautiful shots. He gets an idea and shoots a series of images with no intention of offering or showing some deeper or profound meaning.

We are living in troubled and rushed times, and if someone stops and gazes upon one of his images and learns a little bit about themselves or their surroundings; the he has succeeded.
Micheal Meyersfeld is a photographer that has been around for a very long time and just like a good whisky, is getting better and better with age.

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Featured Photographer - Jacques Weyers

Featured Photographer - Jacques Weyers

Saturday, 03 November 2012

Featured Photographer - Michael Meyersveld

Featured Photographer - Michael Meyersveld

Saturday, 03 November 2012

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