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TAKE TEN: Hoek Swaratlhe

It’s been a full ten years since Fujifilm produced the first X Mount camera. To celebrate, we’re featuring Fujifilm photographers from across the country. Soweto-based Hoek Swaratlhe is an alumni of the Market Photo Workshop. He tells us more about how he sees photography as a form of communication and the first time he picked up a Fujifilm. (Image by Ngoma Ka Mphahlele)

Why do you love Photography?

Photography is a form of communication – I love having conversations with people, so I feel like with photography one can engage with people more. For me, photography is also a place where I find peace, it’s so therapeutic. Also, one can take photographs anywhere, anytime and that’s why I love it.

What made you switch to Fujifilm and when did this happen?

In 2018 I got the opportunity to use a friend, Francois Booyens’ Fujifilm X-Pro1; this was my first time using a mirrorless camera and I loved it. I couldn’t afford one at that time, but every chance I got I would use it and the more I did, the more I fell in love with it. Finally, I managed to buy one myself.

Which Fujifilm camera do I use?

I am currently using my Fujifilm X-T1 and I’m loving it.

What do you love most about the camera?

Firstly, I love how light the camera is and its vintage look. I like the fact that it handles lowlight well, not to forget about the Wi-Fi functionality. But the best part must be the quality of the photos, and the fact that what you see through the viewfinder is what you get as the image.

Tell us a bit more about your photography and what you would like to achieve through this.

My photographic interest currently revolves around my community and social issues: people and urban culture which I successfully execute through my unique street and studio photographs.

I hope to impact people’s perceptions, contribute to life changing projects that can bring change in different communities, and to tell untold stories.

Find more of Hoek’s work online.

Join Hoek for his 4Dlala exhibition at the Market Photo Workshop:
Date: 08 October 2022
Time: 11h00
Venue: Market Photo Workshop Gallery

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