Continuing our journey through the perspective of young, local photographers we next feature Kgomotso Neto and his collaboration with Sibu. They have created a beautiful series together which you can see below and get a little behind the scenes with Kgomotso in the accompanying interview.
What got you into photography and what keeps you interested?
That’s something I’m still figuring out, as to why I got into photography. When I first started shooting I wasn’t aware of a lot of what I would discover as I kept shooting, It’s only later that I realized that how important it is to have a narrative that best represents who you are, and also being able to not look anywhere else for inspiration but in your immediate spaces and surroundings in order to be able to create.
What keeps me interested is being curious of the outcome of the photographs I make, it becomes a bit nerve wrecking having something in your head and to have it come out in photographs, there’s a fear of not knowing how the rest of the photographs would come out, but also a gratifying feeling once done with the series of photographs.
What is your favourite subject matter and do you think it’s a reflection of who you are?
I wouldn’t say I have a favourite subject matter, but I think it’s important for me to explore subject matters that can help to educate/change stereotypes, like for instance I have always felt some kind of insecurity whenever I thought of getting a tattoo, and this was mainly because I was raised in a highly conservative religious family, so altering your body in any way was considered a bad thing, it was never viewed as a form of self expression or freedom. I think ( I say I think because this is still something i’m exploring) that’s what I am exploring with these series of portraits, how the collaborators are able embrace tattoos, piercings as a from of self expression and freedom.
As a photographer what do you spend most of your time on in the photographic process?
It is important for me to understand what I will be shooting, any form of research relating to my subject matter is important, be it a personal project or a commercial job, It helps me with navigating the shoot and relating to the space i’ll be shooting in or the subject I’ll be interacting with.
What do you think other people like most about your work?
I honestly can’t pin point what it is, but I think there’s something thrilling about being able to relate, be it a song, a piece of writing or a photograph, I think a lot of people love the work because they see themselves in it.
What is the one thing that you still want to photograph?
My Family, I have a struggle with photographing my family and I don’t know why, that will probably be my biggest challenge.