I was born in Germany, studied food science and shortly after graduation accepted an offer from a Namibian company to establish a quality assurance laboratory in Windhoek. Some years later, I moved to Cape Town where I became a journalist for a trade journal to the food industry. Because I was expected to do my own photography, I bought my first Nikon and also learned how to do dark-room work.
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The photographic bug had bitten and soon became a passion. I was, however, a ‘purist’ and resisted the change to digital camera until my son handed me one of his DSLR cameras to try it out. I became intrigued and signed up for a course at the Cape Town School of Photography, where I met an interesting group of like-minded people. Eight of us decided to start our own photographic club – Full Spectrum.
Like all the others, I also joined the Cape Town Photographic Society in 2011 and now serve on the Council, looking after the publications portfolio. This led to being appointed editor of the society’s official newsletter, Cape Camera.
Of all the different photographic genres, it is landscape, macro and still life that holds an unending fascination for me – together with the challenge to find specific images that lend themselves to being converted successfully into black and white.