Manie Lubbe is a 20 year-old Cape Town-based photographer who works a 9-5, however, pursues photography every split second he can get.


I only recently entered the world of photography. I bought myself a cheap DSLR camera to see what I could do with it. There are quite a few artists I look up to who use pretty average cameras. These artists have it in themselves to create some of the most amazing work I have ever seen.

From a young age I have always admired art. I used to go into art-filled spaces and found it exciting to look at the creations and try see what exactly they wanted to portray.

I used to always draw as well to keep my head busy. When I started researching artists, I truly fell in love with art. The visual form of expressing yourself in the most creative way possible. Thought provoking…

I have always loved photography as well. As mentioned, I only bought my first DSLR this year and I have to admit I was a bit of a loose-canon at first. I booked shoots without knowing what I wanted to do or what I wanted to showcase.

As I did more research, I quickly found my feet and slowly started to realize what I wanted to achieve. I did a few shoots with my girlfriend and what really made an impact was the fact that we got featured for our very first shoot.

A few weeks back I decided that I didn’t want to be a fashion photographer. My girlfriend and I were having a talk and I realized what I am and who I want to be as an artist. I feel like you need to always photoshop models when shooting fashion. Fashion shoots always portray that so called perfect image.


“I love the raw look a lot more.


Showcasing the natural body is my goal. I want to be an artist who captures visual poems. Becoming a poet with my shutter is my goal. I want to portray a powerful story in every photoshoot.


“Admittedly, it’s difficult for me to describe how I feel about photography.”


The beautiful thing with photography is that everyone sees something completely different, because of their unique identities. When you have lead an unstable life full of drama and pain, you’ll look at a photograph through that eye.

You’ll relate with it in your own way, your emotions will allow you to see a lot deeper into photo’s – that’s what I’m in love with.

As a photographer I tell my story through my photos but as a viewer looking at my photos they might see something else. They might see solutions or options or whatever you know?


“From birth you are completely unique in every way and the way your life evolves over the years influence the way you think. Your experiences in life shape you into the person you currently are.”


For now, I’ll take my photos and write my stories – hoping to relate to someone out there. I have a few ideas I’m playing with, it’s all about finding the perfect person to work with and planning everything out.

I am pretty excited to be honest.


Stalk more of Manie Lubbe’s work on his website and Instagram.


Muse: Sasha Blossom

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