After our recent article on Julius Jooste and Boudoir Sessions in Cape Town, we decided to delve a little deeper into the mind of a jet setting photographer and how we could get some vitally important information that could help aspiring photogs on their journey.
MCBN: You describe yourself as a digital image content specialist. What exactly do you mean by that?
The term is something I created to best explain my collection of academic qualifications and expertise.
Having studied for six years, I hold a degree in Motion Picture, an international diploma in Information Technology Engineering and an international trade certificate as an electrician.
The intention is to relay, to potential clients, that I am capable of creating high-quality visual content. Even though I’m experienced in distributing on traditional platforms, such as film and television, I focus on generating content for internet platforms such as YouTube and social media instead.
MCBN: On a scale of one to 10, how weird are you?
I like this question.
By South African standards, I’m probably a nine or a ten.
But by Ibiza standards, I’m pretty tame so over there I’m probably a hard five or a soft six.
MCBN: What are some of the things that people don’t know about you?
I’ve been the official photographer for the International DJ Awards in Ibiza twice. Once in 2016 and again in 2019.
I’m the first (and perhaps only) African photographer to have covered more than 1000 events in Ibiza.
I produced a music video for German rapper, Oprheo, which was later picked up by Universal Music and Burger King.
I developed and managed a project for local government in eThekwini, where we produced around 30 million photos of their low voltage and medium voltage assets, over a two year period.
I was part of the local liaison team for Brazil during the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and for Germany, for the FIFA 2010 World Cup
I was the student body president at AFDA Johannesburg in 2008 and was in charge of the team that hosted the first-ever off-campus film festival at Cinema Nouveau, Rosebank Mall.
I was an exchange student in Mississippi in 2001 when 9/11 happened, and saw the second plane crash into the Trade Centre, live on television.
MCBN: Which hurdles did you personally face and how did you overcome them?
The last few years my most frustrating hurdles have been visa related. I resolved them by partnering up with European companies to sponsor my visa. But the sponsorships often come with a lot of red tape and limitations which tend to limit my ability to grow and thrive as an artist. I developed my website and online exhibitions mainly to address this issue. The self-employment visa applications are very expensive and, in addition, require the applicant to put down a minimum of €24 000 (R390 000) for the first year, before the application is eligible for approval.
Another hurdle that is a little more tricky, is that of personal development and self-study. When it comes to owning and growing a business, the business owner, more often than not, is the only thing that is preventing the business from growing and succeeding. As the business owner grows and evolves, the business grows and evolves. So things like mindset, healthy living and educating myself, have become extremely important to me this past couple of years.
MCBN: Are there any resources that have really helped you on your journey?
Yes, quite a few. But I think the one that has helped me the most is the concept of the mental diet.
The quality of one’s ideas are highly dependent on the quality of information that one consumes.
If you spend all your time consuming mediocre content, your ideas will be mediocre too.
If you spend your time devouring great books, music and other forms of art, some of it starts to rub off on you.
MCBN: You are launching your Dancers of Ibiza online exhibition today. Could you tell us more about it?
Yes. I am very excited about this exhibition because It is the culmination of seven years of hard work, self-study and sacrifice.
The exhibition currently consists of 47 pieces of fine art photos of the dancers, and have been aptly named after female deities throughout time.
Each photo is available in 5 sizes, and every size has 10 copies only.
The pieces are printed in Germany on Hahnemühle fine art paper, one of the world’s oldest and best papermakers. It is presented with a traditional refined passe-partout, inside a classic wooden frame, that comes out of the box ready to hang.
Once printed, framed and inspected, images are packed in art secure shipping containers before they are shipped off.
Prints are shipped to most major cities in 48 countries and take between 5 – 15 business days to reach their destination.
There’s a lot of new technologies and platforms that are available today, which weren’t necessarily available two or three years ago. I’m very excited because I feel that I am encouraging other artists to take new and interesting approaches on how they sell and promote themselves online.
To get a better idea of what I’m talking about, be sure to follow me on these social media accounts:
MCBN: How did this project begin?
In all honesty, this project probably started after a really bad breakup I went through in 2013.
I had a girlfriend who broke up with me and became a stripper.
Looking back, Julius of then didn’t take it as well as Julius of today would.
But I’m so thankful that it happened because it ended up being the catalyst that took me to Ibiza.
And there I developed a new perspective and understanding on how these industries and professions actually work.
The photo shoots only came a bit later. After I had already covered about 300 events on the island.
By that time I had already established a good rapport with all the performers.
So asking them to take time out of their schedules to take some photos with me wasn’t as uncomfortable as one would imagine. In fact, it all came rather naturally at that point.
MCBN: What’s a common myth about the Dancers of Ibiza and can you debunk it?
I think probably the most common myth about the dancers is that they are all beauty and no brains.
And that’s definitely not the case. The majority of these women are.powerhouses and forces of nature to be reckoned with.
Many of them are entrepreneurial and have hustles on the side.
It is not uncommon for them to venture into self-employment and create successful sustainable businesses.
So to sum it up, these women are not only beautiful, they are kind, intelligent, and compassionate too.
MCBN: What advice would you give to someone wanting to work with the dancers?
Probably, the most important thing is that you always treat them with respect.
They are very tit for tat, so if you approach them with respect and honesty and sincerity. They will return the favor.
But if you are going to approach them with the intention of objectifying them, you are going to fall flat on your face and you’re most likely going to deserve it.
MCBN: What ask do you have for our readers?
Also. The blog platform has Its own unique limitations so if there is anybody out there who is hosting a podcasts, or Youtube channel or radio show and feels like my narrative adds value to their brand, I would love to hear from them.