ABOUT STEF


As a self-taught photographer, I used this form of art to foster creativity in my family, one that had a difficult time understanding art. And although I am eternally grateful for my family and my home, I am also aware of the need to be in a creative context where one is surrounded by creative people. One needs to be in an environment with other artists in order to have the ability to freely express oneself, and this is something that is most efficient with new stimuli. No artist can be their most creative without testing and challenging themselves, and this comes with a need to change one’s environment. As many say, discomfort is where change and growth occur. Hence, I consider myself to be a travelling soul, someone that enjoys jumping from one place to the next to see what story is there to be told, whose life I can portray or document, and in the meantime, my vision can be expressed limitlessly.

In fact, this may be my favourite aspect of photography: one never knows what the result will be. This infinite vision also means that as every person is different, every place has a different vibe or back story, and every photographed person has a different perspective of who I am as a person, the result greatly depends on how much they believe in my work, my ability and hence the extent to which they let me experiment. Connections are built and creativity emerges from the final pictures the same way that while I travel or work on my personal projects, deeper connections emerge between the people I meet, the places I visit, and the events I experience. Ultimately, this is how impactful photography takes place– through vulnerability, connections, and ultimately, depth.

Three keywords that describe me well are: Curious, empathetic

and visionary.

Having been a full-time traveller for two years has enunciated this, and has permitted me to put myself in different situations where self-expression is barrierless and encouraged. Ultimately, connecting with people is what I crave, and this is represented in my art.

And so, you may gather that I am a person of constant change and movement. I need a new stimulus on a daily basis, and I am passionate about art in all its forms. I am inspired by nature, paintings, cinema, books, open-minded people and many more, and am compulsively curious. Learning something new or an interesting fact that makes my vision even more unique is something I cherish deeply.