Our next photography feature goes to Pretoria-based Kyle Gerhardt. When Kyle Gerhardt is not documenting his city as he sees it he studies sound engineering and is also in charge of music at DYD. 

Kyle took up photography on the 31st of August in 2013 and has already managed to forge a distinct style in his work. We spoke to him about about his experience leading up to his journey in photography and he told us this: ‘I remember the day exactly as I suddenly forged this idea that I want to take photos for the hell of it a few days before Grietfest that year. On top of that I decided that I would be the daring sort and shoot exclusively on film. Grietfest would be my proving ground. Loaded with a borrowed La Sardina, three rolls of ISO 800 film I pressed the shutter multiple times with the lens cap on, destroyed a whole roll after screwing up the rewinding process and thus having to yank the roll out of the camera and then got a whole plethora of exotic, blurry images wrought with lens flair and incomprehensible silhouettes of ravers. I didn’t know even a whiff of what focal length, lens quality and shutter speed meant but they looked pretty cool anyway. This was the genesis of my ‘career’.’

He’s never thought of a name for the work that he does and did not consider that his photography would follow an overall theme or series but Cityscapes seemed to fit the bill. He wants to document more than just the buildings and architecture of South African cities but rather the idea of what makes the cities. He wants to document the happenings, the gentrification of the inner city, the people that live in it and the moulding of the streets by the hands of his generation.

Moving on Kyle wants to populate his work with characters and instead just capturing spontaneous street-based moments. He would like to evolve into greater fine art compositions, stylized portraiture, male and female nudes and fashion. He continued with: ‘The most important aspect is that I want to capture the vibe and energy of this youth, the one carving out a identity that strives to find its place amongst our peers in the first world through rigorous imitation of America, England, Europe and Australia (whether that is positive or negative is debatable,) whilst simultaneously trying to carve out our own unique identity that the first world would imitate in kind.’

So if you would like to get involved in his project then you can drop him an email. You can also check out the backstories of his work on his Tumblr and the rest of his photos on his Flickr.

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