… Influencing new photography techniques
By jeoffrey mukubi
SAMUEL matengu commonly known as sky sam, is a 25 year old abstract photographer. his infatuation with the camera started ever since he could remember, but only took keen interest in 2015.
“i have always had a passion for photography, but it was only in 2015 when i took an online photography course and did extensive research on how to take pictures under different light conditions,” he said.
it was however only in 2016 that he started experimenting with different sources of light and opened his studio called sky sam photography (sksa).
“i then began to focus on long exposure photography, which led me to host my first ever interactive exhibition titled ‘where is your heart?’ with chantel kambrude also known as c-star in 2016 at the franco namibia cultural centre”.
according t him, the exhibition was fundamentally about asking artists and people in general, where their art is or lies and that one should be able to express themselves, even if there are not full-time artists.
“after that i kept on experimenting different photography styles under different light conditions.”
sky sam explainedthis further led to him experimenting with ultra violet (uv) light or black light as it is generally known.
“the pictures are recorded using different photography techniques such as long exposure photography, night photography and motion blur using light from the ultraviolet spectrum only”.
according to wikipedia, a uv light is an electromagnetic radiation with a wavelength from 10 nm to 400 nm, shorter than that of visible light but longer than x-rays. it is the light that often is seen in nightclubs and gives of light that one cannot see with the naked eye.
sky sam will launch a uv photography exhibition next month.
“my ultraviolet led light photography project is fundamentally a series of pictures that are taken using ultraviolet led light,” he said.
according to him, the main reason behind this project is to basically “outline a reflection of one’s self ”. “i decided to take portraits of some local artists under the uv light, because i feel that they are a reflection of myself as an artist as well and the body of work will be an interpretation of the society i live in as a young namibian male.” he continued: “although some pictures will be visible under the fluorescence light with the naked eye, using the ultraviolet led light will enhance a better visual of the photo.”
sky sam is aims to break the barriers of what namibian photography is limited to by introducing a new style or method of photography. this will influence not only millennials, but the older generation as well as millennials as the pictures are meant aiming at awing whoever sets their eyes on them.
sky sam was born windhoek and moved to the united states of america when he was five and later to belgium when he was 14 years old. he came back to namibia in 2011 and studied for bachelor degree in psychology and in arts. in 2014 he briefly migrated to zambia to pursue his love for food and received an advanced diploma in food
production from the hotel tourist institute in lusaka.
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