Gabriella is a Cape Town-based photographer whose immediate obsession with analogue photography trickled down towards the growth of a backbone of passion for her work.
How did you get into photography?
I started experimenting around 2011 with an old Pentax and various Nikon film cameras. The journey definitely started with an immediate obsession with 35mm.
Are you currently working on any photographic projects? Do you have any past projects? Which of your projects have been your favorite?
I’ve just gotten back to Cape Town from some adventures in Japan, Portugal and Spain, so I’m currently focusing on getting that work developed and looked through. I’m planning a few projects which are very different to anything I’ve done before, focusing on the South African social scene with heavy stylization.
Laughter, right? Time spent with the proverbial gods.
If you went away unannounced, where would one find you?
Side-living on the in internet.
If you could change your eye color, would you?
If you could have any photographer past or present take your portrait who would it be?
Stefan Ruiz, without a doubt.
What gear have you relied on during your progression as a photographer?
A variety of 35mm stock: different flavors for different occasions. My trusty Nikon F801. A 50mm prime.
Do you have any dream collaborations?
Too many to list.
In your opinion, what makes a great photographer?
The ability to capture emotion, precise attention to composition and color, the capturing of a story through a still image.
Which local and international photographers inspire you?
Inspiration (artists, musicians, photographers) – Harley Weir, Ren Hang, Picasso, Tony Gumm, Shawn Theodore, Alex Wessely, Steven Meisel, Kristin-Lee Moolman, Petite Noir, Yolanda Dorda, Wong-Kar Wai, Park-Chan Wook.
Where can we find more of your work?