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!