It has been a while since we last featured a rad photographer on the site, as we don’t want to be showcasing anything but the best. We got to hear of Briony Sam from another talented events photographer, Ty Campbell Barnes, who has formed a friendly relationship with her during their time shooting Drum n Bass parties. Briony Sam is one of the official Science Frikshun and Addictshun photographers, who has also learnt a lot of her skills from one of the best in the business, Peter Hudson. We sat down with her recently to chat about her career, future plans and everything else in between, hope you enjoy:
BRIONY SAM PHOTOGRAPHY
MA: Tell us about your journey to where you are today, a little background in how you started out in photography?
BS: In 2011 i realized that I wanted to go to film school and become a cinematographer. At the end of that year I bought my first camera so that I could play around and teach myself the basics. I started taking photos of animals; friends; landscapes and anything i could get my camera in front of really. I started to love it more and more and then wanted to try something a bit harder. I met up with Peter Hudson, who taught me a lot about shooting events where you have almost no control. After he took me under his wing he introduced me to Drum n Bass parties and all the DJ’s. I pretty much shot every party I could, just trying to improve my skills. After putting in all the hard work I was incredibly lucky to be signed on as Science Frikshun’s photographer as well as the photographer for Addictshun.
MA: Are there any influences that have got you to where you are today?
BS: Being at film school has helped me immensely with my composition and how to play with lighting. Obviously Peter Hudson had a big influence on my style, but I try to make my photography my own in every way possible.
MA: Photography has many different facets to it, what part of the industry do you fall into?
BS: I guess I would fall into the nightlife and events side at the moment. I would love to brach out to street photography and move into the conceptual realm as well as photojournalism, but unfortunately my time is very limited.
MA: How would you describe your style of photography?
BS: I call it Colour Grunge. The reason for this is that at these underground photos its not always a good thing to see everything in the frame, leaving parts in darkness enhance the look and feel of the event. A lot of other photographer desaturate their photos but I prefer the softer skin tones and all the other colors to pop!
MA: To date, what has been your best/biggest achievement as a photographer?
BS: I’ve only been taking my photography seriously for the past two years and it is an incredibly difficult industry to break into, every second pretty girl has a camera so its hard to been seen as a professional. My biggest achievement so far is definitely being the official photographer for Science Frikshun and Addictshun.
MA: You are involved in event photography, often getting the raddest images from some of the biggest electro and dnb parties…. What is it that you love so much about event photography?
BS: The music! haha I love the fact that you have to think on your toes. There is absolutely no control over the lighting or the DJ’s, often i’ve waited 3-4 minutes in one spot just waiting for the perfect moment to capture. Doing event photography really pushes you and makes you perfect your skills, people don’t have time for you to adjust your flash or change your aperture, you’ve got one chance to get the right shot then its gone.
MA: Are you working on any projects that we might be interested in?
BS: I love photography with all my heart but right now it is a really fun hobby that I seem to be good at, but my main focus is film and Cinematography. I mentioned before that I am at film school (AFDA), right now I’m in third year cinematography and will be shooting two 10 minute Experimental Short film that hopefully will be worth watching so definitely keep an eye out for that.
MA: Where would you like to be in 5 years time, career wise?
BS: I’d Love to be shooting bigger gigs and more bands like The Hives or The black keys, or really any major band that comes to South Africa
MA: If you could do a photo shoot which anyone on earth, who would you like to shoot?
BS: Its definitely between Bill Murray and Jim Carry! They are my absolute hero’s and would make the most exciting and silly photo shoot, possible of all time.
MA: Where can people follow you?
BS: My website is almost up and running, but in the mean time you can find me on Facebook at
If that doest work just look out for me at any Drum n Bass party, I’m bound to be there.
MA: Thanks to this awesome lady for such a cool interview….