Sheldon Evans is a 19 year old fine art and portrait photographer born and based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is currently a multimedia student, who has a love for photography, as well as anything that gets his creative juices flowing. We came across this talented individual when a friend showed us a music video that he shot, instantly wanting to pick his brain, to find out what makes this guy tick. We did manage to catch up with him, this is how it went down:
Hey dude, good to be chatting!! I have been following your work closely and you are mad talented…
Hey man! Thank you for the kind words, I really appreciate it.
Tell us about your journey to where you are today, a little bit of background on how you got started in the arts/creatives/photography?
At the moment I’m studying multimedia design and doing photography part time. I’ve always been artsy and into anything creative. I started drawing and sketching at a very young age and I’ve never let go of it. That has progressed into painting, etching and making things in recent years.
Can you remember the first time you pick up a camera and were so intrigued by it, making you think of it as something you would like to pursue?
My love for photography came about when I got my first point-and-shoot camera at about 14. Up until recently I’d only shoot everyday objects and scenes, nothing spectacular at all. I then realised that I could combine my love for art and photography, so about a year ago started getting into conceptual photography and I haven’t looked back since. Bringing dreams to life is one of the most exciting processes ever and to see the final product and to be able to show other people what goes on in my mind is incredible.
You are not just a photographer, but also focus on videography, graphics and illustrations. What is your main focus and which of these mediums makes you most happiest?
I wouldn’t say I have a main focus, as I have an equal passion and love for each. However, photography and videography makes me happiest as I love working with and meeting new people. With the help of these mediums I’m able to do so on a regular basis.
There are many amazing talented photographers in SA at the moment, what has you most excited about the industry and where can it improve?
You’re absolutely right! SA has some amazing talent and that makes me very proud to call myself a South African. What I love about this industry is that there’s always something new to try or experiment with, whether it be something someone else has done before or not.
As with anything, there’s always room for improvement. Although South Africa is keeping up with international talent which is awesome.
What would you say is your style of photography and what has inspired you into that specific direction?
I would say most of my work is conceptual although I do enjoy portrait photography a heck of a lot as well. Faces make me happy and I love capturing them. I could stare at portraits of people all day, it’s wonderful seeing how different and uniquely beautiful people can be.
What has been some of your biggest challenges in your career thus far?
One of my biggest challenges so far has been supporting my habit haha. Photography can get real darn expensive. Gear and equipment eats a hole in your wallet, especially since it started off as a hobby for me, so there was no cash flow at all.
Can you tell us a bit more about Bluink?
Bluink (pronounce blue-ink) is a design company I started a few years back to make some extra money and it’s taken off fantastically. The name came about at school one day. We were only allowed to write in blue pen in clas so I would end up doodling in my books with a blue pen, thus Bluink, the “professional doodler” was born.
To date, what has been your best achievement as a photographer?
I would have to say making the photo “Demons”. The amount of local and international love I received for this image was immense! It is also my most favourite photo I’ve made to date as it conveys so much emotion.
Is there anything you are working on that we would be interested in?
I’m working on a few projects at the moment, some stuff that you should definitely stay posted for! All I can say for now is that they involve music, videos, gorgeous women, levitation and a sprinkle of pixie dust. A lot of fun stuff this year!
Where can people follow you?
*THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME*