Story telling with images - Visual Poetry

Mark Wessels is a guy with a huge heart and it shows in his photography.  His sensitivity in photojournalism and documentary work resulted in his being chosen for the Old Mutual "Journey" project, travelling around South Africa telling the story of the local peoples and the lives they still live so far removed from what we know in our own experience.  The book has been published and the images are beyond special.

For this talk he will be sharing some of his experiences with us and giving some advice and pointers on how to tell a story with an image.  He started out in wedding photography, so he will also cover some aspects of how to incorporate this style of shooting into wedding photography. He's a real character so this is going to be a fun one!

More about Mark:

Mark is a full-time, freelance photojournalist based in Cape Town, South Africa, but working wherever assignments take him.

His diversity and style allows him to work on photographic assignments for a wide range of clientele including various agencies, corporates, magazines, newspapers and organizations both nationally and internationally.

Mark’s work finds him covering general news and politics, current and social issues, theatre, dance and other performing arts, sports and entertainment and especially human-interest stories. His work has been used globally in all forms of media and he has worked for or submitted work to numerous wire agencies like Reuters for whom he occasionally works as a stringer.

He is honestly happiest when he’s out there taking pictures and being a modern day storyteller. He likes to think of what he does as visual poetry. Recently a good friend described him as an ‘Imagesmith’. He likes this idea!

His main focus point in life is to use the medium of photojournalism in telling life's stories and revealing the world we live in through his camera. Things like current and social issues influencing our world, its people, the environment and the impact we have on it form part of his challenge in playing an influential and positive role in understanding and restoring humanity!

Mark firmly believes that photojournalism is his passion, purpose and philosophy. He lives for the opportunity to capture moments in time and enjoys working with energy and creativity. Strange as it might seem he still believes that pictures can help change the world!

 

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  • FREDA R.

    The message was very uplifting but lots of distractions and the light in this place was very bright and therefore his beautiful images could not be seen and appreciated properly

    August 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyed the presentation by mark wessels, it was interesting and informative

    August 16, 2012

  • Willem F.

    I'm afraid I am also guilty. I am really sorry guys, I only noticed now that I actually signed up with a plus one and forgot to cancel. It won't happen again! Sorry...

    August 16, 2012

  • Michelle R.

    I must publicly apologise for rsvp'ing yes (+2) and then not having the decency to change my rsvp status when I couldnt make it. I'm really really sorry Sally (& Mark) ~ I totally forgot. No excuse!!!

    August 16, 2012

  • FREDA R.

    My partner is using our car on Thursday - so who can give me a lift near Sunset Beach that is already going to this meet-up???? Otherwise I must make another plan -- PLS PLS someone out there with a good heart and an open seat - I would so like to join....did not know he was taking the car for a rehearsal and he cannot cancel. Thanks

    August 14, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Freda, I was going by bus, but if you need, we can go together in the car. I live just down the road from you.

      August 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Woohoo

    August 14, 2012

  • Sally W.

    Hi all - looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday! We're making it 8:30 for 9am given that its in the city centre and we're going to have traffic to contend with... please bring your R30 for coffee & a muffin as I'll be collecting cash to pay the venue in one go to make it easier for them. Also bring a notebook, Mark will have some great ideas to share... c u Thurs!

    August 14, 2012

  • Sally W.

    R30 for coffee and a muffin =)

    August 12, 2012

  • Lauren F.

    Hi all, is there a cost for this workshop?

    August 10, 2012

  • Sally W.

    Hi all - we are limited on numbers for this one and it's gonna be a really special talk. Mark is one of my closest friends and a really exceptional photographer. My request is (based on previous disappointing no-shows) that if you RSVP you ARRIVE. I know stuff comes up, so no worries for changing RSVP's if you can no longer make it. But if you have said you're coming - then make sure you pitch!! Lets honour our speakers and venues and put our money where our mouth is - so to speak =)

    August 1, 2012

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