What John, The Mentor & Chief Lecturer for the Fine-Art Photography Course had to say:

Danie and I had been discussing the development of an Intermediate Photography Course for some time. We had discussed what it would include and how it should be presented, then out of the blue one day he said it should focus on, and be centered around, the concept of fine art photography. My initial reaction was one of panic and scepticism, I mean does anyone anywhere actually know what fine art really is? I went off and did masses of research to create the material, we had long debates, more research and reworked the material again and again. Eventually low and behold we had a definition and understanding of the concepts we were trying to communicate which I am really proud of. I believe we are now better able to communicate through our course the principles of fine art photography and creativity than most content on the subject available anywhere.

When we had the first class we asked the enrolled photographers if they had joined for the intermediate aspects of the course or the fine art content; nearly 90% said it was the “intermediate aspects” which appealed. I guess we should of expected that, to be fair it was my first reaction to the heading. No one knows what “fine art” means, we all have some vague sense, but it is so foreign that we can hardly get enthusiastic about something we little understand. I am very pleased to report that we had a 100% turnaround on the mind-sets of the people involved with the course.

As a photographer there is a lot of information available to you about the operation of your camera, exposure and composition. When you have absorbed all that, where too then? Danie’s decision to go the fine art route was spot on. This course is the best way to grow yourself as a photographer and to develop further. The term fine art is intimidating but the course really helps to change your thinking about what and how you shoot. If you want to progress past the basic aspects of photography the only reasonable path is to tackle the principles which deal with aesthetics on a theoretical level. Having completed the “how’s” of photography we have termed these the “why’s” of photography.

The course culminated with an exhibition of work created by the photographers whom attended the course. I had concerns about having pumped all that info out and expecting it to be assimilated and applied in such a short time. The work exceeded my expectations even though everyone had such a short time to implement their new knowledge and thought processes. Here is what I love about the images; the individuality of each piece and how it matches the personalities of the photographer as well as being surprised by the personalities versus the work they produced, and of course the pride the photographers have about their work. They all worked really hard and held an amazing exhibition they can be proud of. We have all been changed by the experience and have all learnt from each other. I cannot wait for the next one!

 

Diversity by John Fox

Diversity by John Fox

Air by John Fox

Air by John Fox

Hermit Sanctuary by Lorindi Joubert

Hermit Sanctuary by Lorindi Joubert

Humble Appreciation by Lorindi Joubert

Humble Appreciation by Lorindi Joubert

Amazingly Irony. We Shall Not Move by Jacques du Toit

Amazingly Irony. We Shall Not Move by Jacques du Toit

The Blind Spot Theory by Jacques du Toit

The Blind Spot Theory by Jacques du Toit

Three's A Crowd by Santie Korf

Three’s A Crowd by Santie Korf

Frame The Past by Santie Korf

Frame The Past by Santie Korf

Life's Never Ending Struggle by Roger Crichton

Life’s Never Ending Struggle by Roger Crichton

Concrete Jungle by Roger Crichton

Concrete Jungle by Roger Crichton

Impatient Love by Allan Minnaar

Impatient Love by Allan Minnaar

Different Existence by Allan Minnaar

Different Existence by Allan Minnaar

Joburg Architecture by Gerrie van Rensburg

Joburg Architecture by Gerrie van Rensburg

Birds' Eye View by Gerrie van Rensburg

Birds’ Eye View by Gerrie van Rensburg

Heading Home by Marinda Bruwer

Heading Home by Marinda Bruwer

Off The Beaten Track by Marinda Bruwer

Off The Beaten Track by Marinda Bruwer

Desolation by Ben Kruger

Desolation by Ben Kruger

Oblivion by Ben Kruger

Oblivion by Ben Kruger

Ambition by Tinus van Vuuren

Ambition by Tinus van Vuuren

Progression by Tinus van Vuuren

Progression by Tinus van Vuuren

Pour Me Out by Annatjie van der Merwe

Pour Me Out by Annatjie van der Merwe

The Door That Never Closes by Annatjie van der Merwe

The Door That Never Closes by Annatjie van der Merwe

Lonely by Sanet Campbell

Lonely by Sanet Campbell

Escape by Sanet Campbell

Escape by Sanet Campbell

Red Harbour by Carien Malan

Red Harbour by Carien Malan

Rusty Seas by Carien Malan

Rusty Seas by Carien Malan

 Here’s what our visitors at the Fine-Art Exhibition had to say…

Wow!  What an Experience!  Thanks Danie ” by Allan

Thanks for excellent effort.  All pictures are stunning.  A wonderful encouragement for emerging photographers ” by Kathy Crichton

Puik foto’s van al die nuwe leerlinge.  Die uitstalling van hierdie foto’s is baie mooi uiteengesit.  Mag hulle almal net vorentoe gaan met hulle Fine-Art foto’s ” by Jan du Toit

Absoluut fantasties!  Elke foto vertel ‘n ander storie ” by Karien Muller

”  Baie dankie – Insiggewend!  Fabulous! ” by Jeanette Lehmann

Baie geluk met ‘n suksesvolle uitstalling!  Baie mooi kunswerke en beskrywings is uitstekend daarby! ” by A. Botha

Baie geluk met die uitstalling.  Daar is iets elke smaak.  Goed gedoen! ” by Annamarie van Vuuren

Danie en span, dit is uitstekend!  Ons outjies van die platteland is nie hieraan gewoond nie.  Dis uitstekend! ” by Hendrik Venter

Working with you guys is not only a pleasure but an honour.  Congratulations on a stunning exhibition and the quality of the course is clear with the high quality of work presented!  Stunning! ” by Glen Fouché

Very impressive!  Atmosphere, presentation…  Everything! ” by Sannie Kenney, Terence Raymond

Baie dankie vir alles.  Dit was wonderlik gewees om alles te sien!  Baie mooi foto’s. ”  by Leon Myburgh

Aan al die Fine-Artists, gorgeous souls, wow, wow, wow! Ek sien soveel soul-expression, dit laat my hart sing!  Welgedaan, dis so ‘n voorreg om ‘n glimpse van jule siele te sien. ” by Anonymous

Congratulations on putting such an incredible exhibition together, you can see there was a lot work put in and it was worth every second, well done! ” by Neil Joubert

Pragtige uitstalling ” by Anonymous

Asemrowend goed gedoen!  Kry nou self lus vir die kursus. ” by Hildegarde Crouse

Stunning!  Laat weet wanneer ons weer kan kom. ” by du Plooytjies

Lieflike uitstalling!  Baie talentvolle kunstenaars! Dankie Santie, vir die uitnodiging, jou werk is ongelooflik! ” by Erica Mouton

Uitstekende uitstalling!  Julle moet dit definitief weer doen! ” by Dreyer’s and v. der Merwe’s

Baie mooi!  Regtig uitmintend! ” by Eilen van Zyl

Baie mooi, het dit regtig geniet! ” by Corne Barnard

Welgedaan!  Dit bly ‘n kuns/gawe om dit wat alledaags is uit ‘n ander hoek te interpreteer. ” by Pierre & Frederick

Thank you for a wonderful experience.  Every piece on show is beautiful and clearly well thought out.  Well due to everybody for providing us with such a pleasant viewing experience!  Good luck with your future works! ” by The Williamsons

Amazing photos!  What a great idea to showcase the results of the students’ work.  Makes me fall in love with my photography all over again!  Looking forward to the next exhibition already! ” by Warren Kemm

Outstanding showcase!  Pictures evoked emotions on deeper study of the shots, a real appreciation of the art was felt.  Thank you! ” by Dean Crichton ( Eagle Wing Productions )

Nuwe perspektiewe vir ons beginners ” by Hannetjie + Phillip Liebenberg


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