Originally from the small town of Worcester, now based in Cape Town, Melanie has always from a young age, perceived things in a different, more creative way. She had always wondered what it would be like to be able to blink and capture moments and images, as she perceived them, for others to see.
“Photography has become my addiction and nature is my drug of choice”
– Melanie C
Childhood Passion for Photography
I loved drawing, writing and creating art in different ways. I will never forget my first photographic experience in art school (Hugo Naude) capturing an image in a coffee tin painted black inside opened to capture an image and then processed in the dark room.
At the age of 16, I had the first film camera that brought me much joy in capturing everything around me with the excitement of having the film developed and seeing the outcome. Sadly my camera was stolen and I had put this passion to rest for many years. In 2011 I had acquired another camera and spent many an hour capturing moments in time and everyday objects ordinary people would not even give second thoughts too.
“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life”
– Marc Anthony
A Change in Direction
In 2015 due to unforeseen family circumstances, I had to resign from my career in Human Resources and Finances after 14 years to take care of my mom who had a tragic accident. This was a blessing in disguise as this was the start of my full-time photography Career.
I have now completed both my Business Management as well as my Photography Diplomas. I am a Fine Art as well as a lifestyle photographer and find quite a peaceful balance between the two. I make time out of my full-time photography career to go into nature and create images in the most creative way possible.
You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, and the people you have loved together.
– Ansel Adams
I hope you will all enjoy my photographic journey with me as much as I will enjoy sharing it with you.
Love and Light
2015 – Diploma in Photography
2015 – Published in Cape a Flame Book
2015 – Started ICapture Imagery (Full-time occupation )
Here is the link to my other website: http://icaptureimagery.co.za/
2016 – Diploma in Business Management
2017 – Winner of Natrodale South Africa Sunrise Photography Competition ( Prize included an interview on SABC Espresso Morning show about you and your journey)
Image: Image was taken on a spur of the moment drive with a friend from Cape Town to Victoria bay for a Sunrise Shoot. It was crazy but fun none the less… and I reaped the rewards for sure
Here is a link to the Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8gvp4u–dE&feature=youtu.be
2017 – First Thursdays art Exhibition, my work was featured along with 10 other artists at Alliance France in Cape Town City Centre for the Month of March 2017
2017 – With a little help from friends Exhibit in Indianapolis, Indiana, Public Library featuring 37 Photographers from all over the world for the Month of July 2017
2017 – Finalist – Noordhoek Tourism Artist of the Year
2017 – Western Cape PSSA (Photographic Society of South Africa) Western Cape Interclub Judge
2018 – Featured as Picha Photographer Woman of the year
Here is a link to the feature: https://web.facebook.com/PICHAstock/posts/624866117856514
2018 – Accepted as a contributor to 2 local galleries
2018 – Started a Creative Photographic Tutoring program
2018 – Featured by Canon SA on Social Media
2018 – Guest Speaker at Cape Town Photographic Society
2018 – Top 25 Finalist at the Canon South Africa Roadshow in Cape Town
2018 – Featured in the Cape Town Photographic Society Magazine Oct/November 2018
2018 – Sold 10 pieces of Commissioned Art
2019 – Guest Speaker at the Create Photography Club Wynberg
2019 – Guest Speaker and Judge at the Helderberg Photographic Society
2019 – Published in the South African VSS virtual Creative book