THERE IS SOMETHING MAGICAL IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF BETINA DU TOIT. HER PHOTOS REPRESENT BEAUTY WITH A PURE, DEEP AND MYSTERIOUS ALLURE, ALMOST SUSPENDED IN TIME AND SPACE. IN THIS INTERVIEW FOR REDMILK MAGAZINE BETINA TAKES US BY THE HAND IN HER ENCHANTED WORLD.
What was your approach to the world of photography?
For me it is an organic, emotive connection. I work in the moment, and my shutter responds intuitively.
When did you decide to devote yourself to photography, despite your studies in journalism?
As a child I remember being drawn-in by a Kodak pocket camera I won in a local colouring competition.
I knew back then, but the road to making the conscious decision was a bit more winding.
Three adjectives with which you would define yourself and your style.
Intimate, direct, private.
What does it mean to you “beauty”?
Beauty lies within that which makes us feel something.
Do not just shoot in the studio, but also in fascinating outdoor locations. What is the relationship between beauty and nature?
There’s an added sense of freedom and possibility working in the outdoors that connects to the way I work; something unaffected, maybe more true allure.
You photograph your subjects in their purity, with elegance and grace. Where did your inspiration come from?
From all the idiosyncrasies, vulnerabilities and unconventional truths that in the end make up our faces and our lives. It’s all there, in the personalities and their expressions.
What do you want to capture when you take a picture?
Maybe just a little oddity, a characteristic: I call it individuality.
If you could choose a character from the past, who would you like to take a picture?
All those rock and roll stars.
Photos courtesy of the artist
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