Next photographer we are featuring is Hana Jayne Sho, a young Cape Town based photographer, who models as well so knows what it feels like on both sides of the lens. She captures people so uniquely, her style is raw and interesting, illustrating the great individualisms that are still alive in our sometimes bland society.
What got you into photography and what keeps you interested?
My mum was always documenting things, especially when I was growing up – I think the influence of watching her made me wanna try it too. At the moment, my interest lies in trying to make something meaningful, because it’s damn difficult to do that. As well as, especially when photographing people (one of my favorite things) is to make them feel good – you know it’s always rewarding taking photographs that people genuinely like of themselves – it’s a difficult thing to like a photo of yourself sometimes.
What is your favourite subject matter and do you think it’s a reflection of who you are?
As I mentioned before I love to photograph people, and I suppose that’s sort of a reflection of myself. Kind of just figuring out who I am, and photography helps me speak through it.
As a photographer what do you spend most of your time on in the photographic process?
It’s a lengthy-ish process, but I spend the most time actually photographing. I don’t like to edit too much, if I do it’s just the shadows and highlights here and there. Oh, and research – I spend hours researching things.
What do you think other people like most about your work?
I hope that my work is relatable, impactful, and means something to someone.
What is the one thing that you still want to photograph?
I want to get into documentary photography. I kinda suck at it at the moment, so I hope to explore that field more in future.
Give us some more information into this shoot, what was the thinking behind it?
I hit up Gina on Instagram and we immediately linked up. I’ve been trying to shoot more, it’s a difficult thing to just start producing creative work. Took me months to finally get out again. So yeah, I like spontaneity and letting things evolve naturally – so we met up, put some outfits together and went outside. We shot some more street images first, and I thought it would be cool to diverse between street and more intimate photographs. Gina is this badass geographer/pole-dancer and I was like hey let’s show off your skills and see what images we can create! Oh, and her insanely badass-giant heels.
Follow Hana here.