Hanro Havenga is an extremely talented Johannesburg-based photographer and videographer.
Outside of photography, what else are you into?
Oh, a whole bunch of random things. My love lies in things like; skateboarding, music, Modest Mouse, tattoos, the internet, philosophy, the streets, art, films, and people, or rather the human condition. I love making all kinds of things but generally I’m either too busy or lazy to actually make the ‘things’ happen. My 1st love is watching people and how things unravel over a series of events, photography just helps me share those views.
Photographer and videography; do ever find yourself wanting to do more of the other?
I’m definitely more of a photographer than a videographer. It’s fun and all but I’m more interested in directing with regard to film work than actually having to deal with that whole process, seeing as I’m a one man, one stop, sweat shop.
What do you find to be the most difficult part about shooting party/event photography?
Some of the People. The Expectations. The part of you that says why bother when there’s a 100 other photographers and iPhonographers that are going to cover the same shit you need to cover. Don’t get me wrong, I love it that everybody is documenting this stuff, but the oversaturation sometimes take away the essence of it
You’ve shot some incredible portraits. What process do you follow to create some of those photos, if any?
Thank you. Besides commissioned work, it’s really somewhat of a personal affair. I try and capture my subjects in a manner of self expression. I also shoot ironically or with a sarcastic eye because of the paradoxical ways I’m wired with. I try and make the viewer believe one thing, but I usually mean the complete opposite.
What gear have you relied on during your progression as a photographer?
Really… It’s always just having a camera with a fairly wide lens. I know I need to get better and clued up with gear, but for the most part I couldn’t be too fussed. I’m all about the direct message of my images and not too much on how perfectly they could be lit or whatever. A “F8 and be there” kind of thing.
Can you tell us about any great moments you’ve had as a photographer?
Photography has always given me a diverse set of stories to tell. Somehow it justifies the fact that I can worm myself into someone else’s life for a while, being it on tour, shooting nudes in backyards or even getting my ass kicked outside of a bar in New York.
In your opinion, what makes a great photographer?
Self-study, a sense of one’s self and the realisation that every person has their own set of problems, unique life or individual souls. Being able to understand that you know nothing about anything and everything about nothing. Staying modest to yourself and your message to your viewers, you know, Namaste and all that.
Which local and international photographers inspire you?
Images from all over inspire me but if I had to put a name to them people like; Ed Templeton, Jerry Hsu, Aaron Ruell, Pat Graham, Kent Andreasen, Jared Paisley, Kristin-Lee Moolman, Adriaan Louw, to name a few. I don’t know, there’s a bunch of people that always motivate me to keep pushing. Even other creatives, people who are always just making art and doing whatever they want, respectively.
“Youth in Revolt”, tell me about this project.
It’s actually a subdivision on my website, up until now and probably for as long as people see me as the young buck, I’ll always have a sense of youth in revolt and a hint of self destruction. There’s a lot more youth in revolt in my older work and mostly in my project BestRand.
Where can we find more of your work?
You can find my work on these sites:
- Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/hanrohavenga
- And if you reeeeeeally want to go way back; http://www.hanrohavengaphotography.blogspot.com/