Am I an artist? Good question. In my opinion it's all about being in touch with soul. As soon as I became in touch with mine, not only did I begin to notice others like never before, but also I began to see it everywhere I went. In the streets, in faces, actions and reactions. Traces of soul all over the world exchanged by way of the land and its people. If the world is a canvas all people become a part of the work whether we be artists or subjects. or left for others to share and more times then not it presented itself as 'artistic' in some way shape or form. Soul continuously lead me to the heart of the city and its people while always finding a way to relate back to me at my core. As a human being both trapped and liberated. And soon I became a soul searcher - connecting the dots of my own reality from one city to the next and before I knew it I had found deeper understanding of people, place and my own self. Am I an artist?
I was born and raised in the bay area California. After attending Occidental College for 2 years, Howard University for one year and a semester at University of Cape Town, I graduated from Occidental College in 2006 with a major in Critical Theory Social Justice and a split minor in Film Media Studies and Fine Arts. After graduating I committed myself to founding a non-profit dedicated to promoting cross-cultural connections through universal languages of artistic expression. I am beginning my masters at the University of Cape Town, South Africa in Diversity Studies.
Moeketsi Moticoe is 27 years old living in Cape Town. He was born and raised in Sebokeng, in the Vaal Triangle which is in the South of Gauteng. He is a photographer by profession as well as a hobby. He currently works as a photojournalist for Sunday Times newspaper in Cape Town.
After completing Matric in 2000, he stayed home for two years due to lack of finance, he had to find something to do for his career. One day in 2002 while he was with a friend, a thought just hit him to take pictures and make a living out of it, he wasn't thinking photography as he had no idea what it was, his idea was the typical township weddings and taking pictures of people for money. In God's mercy while he was still trying to find a balance in taking photographs he tuned to a radio station (YFM) and there was photographic competition to enter four photographs defining what 'Yona ke Yona' means to you? for an opportunity to study photography, all expenses paid for by (Create SA, MAPPP SETA). At that moment he knew this great opportunity was for him, he entered and he was chosen as one of the lucky 30 entries to win a scholarship out of hundreds of entries. Allowing him a scholarship in 2003, by Create SA to study visual literacy/Photography at the Market Photography Workshop in Newtown, Johannesburg for 12 Months.
In 2003, the same year of the learnership he started doing some freelance work for Y magazine. In 2004 he did more freelance work for SL magazine, Hype magazine and Top billing magazine. The same year some of his work was involve in a exhibition by the UN (United Nations) on African refugees living in South Africa, this was later exhibited at the Carlton Centre mall in Johannesburg. Later in the year he was commissioned by the Michael Angelo hotel to use his photographs as decor at their twin towers, during this period he was also involve in some work for the British council for some of their art and culture programs in South africa. In 2005 he joined 'The Star' newspaper as a freelance photo-journalist, covering general News, Entertainment and Lifestyle for two years. In 2007 he joined 'The Times' Newspaper, specializing as Entertainment andLifestyle photographer. During his two years period at The Times he's managed to define a new meaning in entertainment photography, simultaneously being involve with other projects like the JDA (Johannesburg Development Agency), Africa Fashion International and accepting invites as a speaker on photography to students at Vega school of branding and advertising.
In October 2009 he moved to Cape Town, covering general news, fashion, entertainment and lifestyle for the Sunday Times were he continues to work.In the early stages of 2010 some of his work was presented at the 'Rencontres d'Arles' in France which gave him his first international exposure. The same year he traveled to Europe, documenting street fashion in Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin. This feature was later published in The Times newspaper. Moeketsi, continues to built on his love for photography as 2010 sees him launch a photographic studio which he co-owns with a friend in Cape Town. The first project to ever been born out of his studio house is 'Herit and Age' a project looking at embracing the diverse cultures of South Africans in celebration to Heritage Day holiday (24 September). The project was later exhibited at Misael gallery on 23 September 2010.
Max Mogale has a gift. His gift is capturing moments through the visual time-capsule of photographic technique. This is gift is serendipitous as it was sparked by a point-and-shoot camera given to him by his brother at the age of 17 as a gift. Although the discovery came late, he demonstrates incredible maturity behind the lens.
Max has always been fascinated by the finer details that make up the vibrant urban landscape of youth culture. He was born and raised in Bloemfontein, spent his teenage years in Cape Town and lived in Johannesburg as a young adult. Now, back in Cape Town, he draws on the experiences of these three cities and merges them with the appreciation for the natural beauty and lively colours of The Mother City.
Max has a deep interest in lines, structure and lighting, but his greatest inspiration comes from people. Based on this, he started the infamous blog, fluffydice.blogspot.com, that is a as much a commentary on popular culture as it is Max's quintessential photo blog. Many people love the blog, and of course there are the haters, but no-one can deny the freshness and realness of the photographic art posted here. This has been Max's launch pad into the commercial scene, with many of the people he blogged about choosing to commission him to do work for them.
The highest aim of Max's photography is to infiltrate reality and tell a story or as he says:' I reject your reality and substitute it with my own'. This tagline is pertinent as it points to the core of his role as a collaborative, creative artist who interacts with reality to capture a unique perception of it. Max's photography is real yet has an added rawness that slips, beneath the skin to bring out the hidden, simple truth of the subject - in simpler words, he makes things see their own coolness.
Not only is Max technically skilled, he is also the original laidback chilling-on-the-corner-with-my-peoples kind of suave guy, which brings out a natural authenticity in the people he shoots.
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