By Jeoffrey Mukubi
LUKAS Amakali is a 41-year-old professional photographer, who sees the beauty of life through his camera lens.
He attended primary and secondary school between 1984 and 1995 and finished Grade 12 at the Deutsche Höhere Privatschule (DHPS), obtaining a distinction in Arts and Design.
When asked what prompted him to become a photographer, he said that the profession is in his blood.
“My father was a photographer and I had a passion to capture precious moments, so I followed in his footsteps,” Lukas said.
He has been taking pictures for over 16 years and his achievemnt and qualifications speak for themselves.
Lukas has several certificates of appreciation, including one from a youth exhibition in Altanta, Georgia that took place in May 1996.
“At first it was just a hobby; I was doing it for fun, taking pictures at birthday parties and family weddings, but then I started enrolling in photography courses, and learnt the true worth of photography,” he says.
His association with various arts venues, including the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC) and the John Muafangejo Arts Centre, led to his first exhibition and book launch in April 2007 at the National Art Gallery of Namibia.
Asked about who had influenced his work he said, “The late Tony Figuera, my Nikon man influenced me to use Nikon cameras, which was a great choice for me, because I can edit pictures while using the camera.”
Lukas says that he uses film cameras for analogue photography, but since the profession has now entered the digital era, he also uses Nikon and Canon digital cameras.
Lukas emphasised his love for photography. “I take photography classes and attend photography exhibitions, because if you learn from the best and keep on taking photos, your pictures will be the best.”
Lukas has over nine exhibitions under his belt and has six photography books on the shelves. Initially, Lukas aspired to be a visual artist.
“My dream was to be a famous visual artist, but I ended up being a debt collector at Standard Bank and a photographer for the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) and also a private professional photographer”.
Lukas will be publishing a book called Double Exposure and will also be having an exhibition at the FNCC Main Gallery from 4 to 21 September.
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