Portfolio Review: interview with… Francois Visser

Photos by Francois Visser

Francois Visser is a photographer who divides his time between Cape Town, London & the ocean. After finishing his studies in psychology he worked for an advertising agency for several years before starting to assist directors & photographers, which served as springboard to do what he likes most; taking pictures.

When did you start to think about photography?

Being a human-safari enthusiast, I became interested in photography whilst studying psychology.

What does photography mean to you? And which kind of photography do you like more?

It is a way to seek out new structures in which to order and simplify my sense of reality of life.

I’m drawn to pictures that are cast within passing moments, the product of a combination of knowledge, sensibility, invention, accident, improvisation & empirical experiment.

When you take a portrait, what is important for you?

Composition, light, shade, form, texture, emotive cues.

Do you think it’s important to follow a school to learn how to shoot?

I think its necessary to grasp the technical mechanics of photography,
but mostly the best way to learn is to take pictures.

What’s the photo you want to take and you never did?

The eluding subject that is never truly provisory, nor never wholly discrete.

What’s your photo-mission?

To make things that has intent. I’m grateful to be immersed within new experiences through picture making.

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