Sarel van Staden started photography 18 years ago as a hobby while working as a town planner.
He joined a photography club in 1995 and started attracting attention with his way of creating award winning images with very basic photography equipment and for his use of interesting light set-ups. Invitations to address photography clubs all over the country followed.
Sarel won National and International awards (3 gold, 4 silver and bronze medals in Austrian Super Circuit) and was published in the Photography yearbook for four consecutive years.
Today Sarel co-owns and runs the successful Photowise photography school where he teaches students how to “create images instead of only recording them”. His workshops are presented in a fun and creative way with the use of illustrations, photos and practical demonstrations. His passion for his craft is intoxicating and he is a popular guest lecturer at photography clubs. He regularly presents workshops for Nikon SA.
When Sarel is not teaching he photographs for commercial clients, weddings and events. His passion for automotive photography is evident in his work and he is fast becoming SA’s top automotive photographer.
The past year saw Sarel, along with Maryna Cotton, as the official photographers for SKA SA. Their images are published locally and internationally and featured in the Shared Skies Exhibition in Perth. Other long-standing clients include several Advertising agencies, Government departments, Universities and SKA Organisation.
Take a look at Sarel’s Portfolio
Also see Sarel’s portfolio on Behance
Canadian photographer, Freeman Patterson, has been a great inspiration and after attending several of his photographic workshops in Namaqualand and on the west-coast, and following a job-offer to teach photography for the College of Digital Photography, Maryna took a leap of faith and became a full-time photographer.
Maryna’s passion for people and her eagerness to share her knowledge makes her a much-loved lecturer in the classroom and a popular guest lecturer at photography clubs and workshops. She has co-hosted a Freeman Patterson workshop in Namaqualand, specializing in fine art creative landscape and nature photography. Maryna, together with Sarel van Staden, co-owns and runs the successful photography school, Photowise.
When approached by Unisa’s Department of Criminology to collaborate on a Restorative Justice project, which uses the Photo-voice methodology, Maryna jumped at the opportunity to get involved in community based social development programs. She developed and presents a photography training program to the children in the targeted communities, while fulfilling the function of project photographer.
From the Photowise studio in Pretoria, Maryna photographs for several regular commercial clients. Weddings and events suit her creative photo-journalistic style, but her greatest passion remains with the people she photographs as well as fine art photography.
The past year saw Maryna, along with Sarel, as the official photographers for SKA SA. Their images are published locally and internationally and featured in the Shared Skies Exibition in Perth.
Take a look at Maryna’s Portfolio