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Welcome, my name is Dewald Kirsten. I am a photographer based in the Western Cape of South Africa.
I have been a full time professional photographer now for just over 5 years and I am loving every moment of it.
My journey to where I am today started with my love for art at school. I soon figured that it would be easier, and faster, to just take a photo of the scene I wanted to portray. But due to financial difficulties I could not go study photography like I planned to do after school.
I literally started working in my fathers plumbing shop the very next day after finishing high school. I was in the plumbing trade for the next 9 years of my life.
In 2009 the recession struck worldwide and I was retrenched from the company I was working for at that time. At that stage I was offering fly fishing guided trips as a sideline and had all my hopes on becoming a fly fishing guide on some tropical location. 6 months down the line and I wasn’t stuck on some tropical island trying to catch monster fish on feathers and fluff.
I have since bought my first SLR camera and fell in love with the aspect of photography. At the end of that 6 months I needed to start earning some money and start doing it fast and my photography business was born.
Now 5 years later and I can not imagine doing anything else with my life. To capture special moments at weddings to hiking up a mountain to shoot a landscape scene that has never been shot before to shooting a commercial project that benefits a major company is so much more rewarding to me than any other job out there. I get to tell a story with my images and people from all over the world get the chance to see it and share in it with me.
So to end of this short little Bio, if you wish to see any of my work, please follow me on my Facebook Pages, my twitter and my Instagram. For the best resolution images, please view my website.
To end of with one or two quotes from the Master Landscape photographer, Ansel Adams:
“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.”
“I tried to keep both arts alive, but the camera won. I found that while the camera does not express the soul, perhaps a photograph can!”