By Alfred Tembo
LACK of creativity and fresh thinking that speaks to growth and expansion of photography in Gweru and beyond hinders most capable local photographers from registering a mark globally says Joel Jackson Msindo.
Msindo, who is an international photographer, has been published in a number of nature publications globally.
“In Gweru, most photographers have acquired advanced equipment, but they lack skills that match the technology they have,” Msindo said.
The 26-year-old photographer said knowledge of global trends, especially during this digital era was important for local photographers.
“Our greatest challenge is that we have a lot of similarities and little of uniqueness,” he said.
“Photographers are preoccupied with the idea of buying gadgets than personal development and the progression of the industry it’s self.
“It is important to note that with the right skill set any camera can perform wonders.
“Much of our photos are lacking simple and basic techniques such as composition, subjects, focus, the right light and in most cases, captivating stories are lost in the struggle to balance these factors in a split second.”
Msindo believes with technology, there were many platforms to start from that include YouTube and websites.
“To strike a balance, we need continous research and knowledge exchange among photographers,” he said.
“There is a monotonous trend of studio photos and other obvious approaches that we need to do away with as photographers. We need to improve.
“Let us learn to give our photos life, depth and detail. It is that ambition to intergrate artistic prowess and fluency in balancing subject and supporting elements in the still stories we tell, that distinguishes us.
“Clients require new techniques and fresh interactive approaches inoder to gain confidence in the art we produce.
“Moreover, to expanding the art and keeping people glued to photography, we need serious research, learning new traditional and foreign techniques that attracts people.”
The young photographer is expected to be part of an exhibition set for next month.
The exhibition is organised by Mushipe Visual Arts Programme, a mentorship initiative which is being supported by Culture Fund, European Union and Creative Actions.