WADE WEIRDSON is a graphic designer and photographer. He calls himself a “proud Durbanite and creative enthusiast”.
What is the concept behind this shoot? My perception of the city of Durban is slightly unusual. I see the city as a lot of small and detailed segments that define us as being nothing more than unique.
The photographs capture characteristics of Durban, not as a place but a person
whom you’d meet.
What makes your city special? Durban is one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the world. I might be patriotic, but we have the best weather suited for the warmest beaches in South Africa. From history, art, crafts, culture to our five-star hotels, accommodation and endless means of entertainment, no doubt we have all of it here.
Tell us what most people often overlook when visiting your city?
It’s not just the mesmerised tourists, it’s the hype and craze about the “031” that has everyone talking. Visitors who leave never forget our unmissable trademarks such as the Moses Mabhida Stadium and the creatively designed restaurant called Moyo at uShaka pier. It’s quite obvious we have some really unique architectural designs, but it’s our people that make your time in Durban unforgettable. Don’t get me started on our food (ie bunny chows).
What inspires you? The most random things inspire me. In terms of photography, my inspiration is mostly drawn from other forms of art.
What makes the good picture stand out from the average? No matter the design, art piece or photograph, creativity makes the good picture stand out from the average. The
subject of creativity is incredibly broad but can be used to your advantage if well executed. In most cases it’s your subjects that immediately reveal themselves to you.
How would you describe your photographic vision and style, and what kind of look do you try and create in your photos?
My photographic vision depends on what I shoot. Being a graphic designer too, means my adaptive style is applied differently to each shoot. However, when capturing my subjects I do try to maintain a timeless look with the help of the monochromatic and minimalistic photographic approach.
How important is it for a photographer to “connect” with his subjects to bring out their true self?
Those who have the opportunity of viewing your work have to understand the subject through you. It is very important to connect with the subject and become one with what you intend to shoot. We are no longer people who simply capture what we see, but document an entire story within a single capture.
Photographers like to show their audience something in their pictures, what do you hope to inspire with your work? Some prefer a response to how the colours are well balanced, etc, but no matter how weird it may get for the audience, being able to set a mood is incredibly important.Naturally I would prefer it when the audience has an emotional response to my work, in turn inspiring their inner artist.
If you could visit and photograph any place in the world that you haven’t been to before, where would that be?
I would definitely visit London. I am truly obsessed. Their architecture is absolutely breathtaking.
This feature was first published in the Cape Argus on May 12 2015.