Tshepiso Ramosela is a documentary photographer and creative rebel who is unapollogetocally breaking boundries in the art world. This creative on the move shares her self discovery through photography.
“I think my approach to my art always involves breaking boundaries and stereotypes especially ones that are held against women. I like doing things that are “suppose to be done by men”
What inspired me to become a photographer was the fact that God didn’t give me the talent of being a painter so photography became the alternate visual artform I could express myself through. I like real authentic, relatable stories.
I like photography because it allows you to share stories, the language of photography is powerful because it gives everyone to an opportunity to interpret it however way they want. There’s no wrong or right. It opens up conversations that weren’t there; it addresses what’s uncomfortable, the freedom is unlimited.
I conceptualize some of my work, which involves a lot of thinking and referencing, by looking at other peoples work. I like minimalism a lot. I also believe less is more, so I try to put that in my images. I recently started taking pictures of the things I see in my dreams, I think my photography reflects my personality alot.
I am currently working on a documentary project called :Wrongfully Accused”. It’s about people who have been wrongfully accused of crimes that they haven’t committed and have spent time in prison for that. So what I basically do is interview them, try to explore their feelings, document their life and try my best to project what they felt into a frame. It’s important for me to represent them well. It’s a very Important project for me. I am currently doing a project with Yeoville market that is partnered with Market photo workshop.
I think the industry has opened lots of opportunities for young people. I see this with street photographers sitting in advertising spaces with these agencies, explaining what is happening in street culture. Young people are educating brands om how to do things. So I think more Investing in the Youth. People say photography is dying because everyone has their phones. I believe its emerging cause now new story tellers are coming out and its interesting.
I’d encouage all visual artists to tell their stories the best way and most importantly have fun.” – Tshepiso Ramosela
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