STAY SHARP #2
Ricardo studied Photography at Ruth Prowse School of Art in Cape Town. He moved to London for 5 years after studying and assisted a number of incredible photographers. He returned to Cape Town and has been shooting locally and internationally ever since.
Q: You can have any super power, what would it be?
A: To fly!
Q: How did fashion become your main focus in photography?
A: When I moved to London I started assisting fashion photographers and my passion started to grow from there.
Q: Your portraiture style is minimal and intimate throughout the years. Did you craft this style or did it come naturally?
A: Naturally. I like a raw aesthetic and I try translate that through my work.
Q: You have shot editorial work on film. How do you convince your client on using the medium and how do they approve/sign off on shots when on set?
A: Sometimes the client is open to using film, others you have to give a little nudge. I can frame up shots using digital to give an idea of what the shot might look like.
Q: Do you have more creative control when using film as a medium editorially?
Q: Do you draw a clear line between commercial work and personal work or do you approach and execute both in the same manner?
A: It depends. Pretty much all of my personal work is shot on film. Digital and film are different journeys from start to finish.
Q: What inspires you to shoot Super 8 and 16mm film? Is it purely the look you get or is it also based on a slowed down more precise workflow that comes into play?
A: It is a combination of both. Shooting film itself is a lot more intimate and I love the in depth process that goes into shooting on film.
Q: What film gear do you use for motion and stills work?
A: Pentax 67, Contax G2 & T3, Canon Super 8
Q: What is your biggest film horror story?
A: Luckily I haven’t had one…yet! But I have come close to loosing negatives.
Q: What advice can you give newcomers to film photography with an interest in fashion?
A: Assist as much as you can on fashion shoots to get a feel and understanding of what it’s like being on set.
Q: What local & international photographers inspire you?
A: Tim Walker, Sarah Moon, Pieter Hugo & Dustin Lynn