Sfiso Maggz

Sfiso Maggz

I could quote many things and opinions about photography, but much like a road trip, the destination is arguably as important as the journey itself. Not too long ago, I would not have dared considered photography as a viable career path, let alone deriving any joy from holding a camera to capture a moment in time, but, here I am today, permanently impregnated by a joy that has entwined itself into my DNA.

A 2005 date with a Sony Ericsson S700 was the beginning of my union with photography. It was a gift from my dad, to wish me luck as I embarked on a new life in that city down south of the African continent, Cape Town. Like a proper tourist, everything around me was a subject, my fingers ever so eager to engage the shutter button. And then came the winter sunsets… that was it, decision made… where do I sign up as a photographer?

As it was in my early days of flirting with photography, I still cultivate a tourist mindset when shooting today, because more often the not, it brings with it a fresh perspective on subjects, irrespective of how mundane they may seem to everyone else. It’s the very same reason why I enjoy street photography.

I have always maintained that we live in a big world, filled with more images, moments and subjects than we could ever fully quantify and comprehend. Photography is my passport to that world.

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  • Stolen Image
    The following entry is somewhat lengthier than most entries that are posted on here, but I would urge you to read it through on the basis that at some point in your photographic endeavors, you might be faced with a subject or scenario that forces you to think twice about the choice you make in ...
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    City Sneakers
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