Live caught up with Moeketsi Moticoe, an independent photographer who recently hosted the No Idea exhibition at Maboneng Precinct
When did your journey with photography begin? It started back in 2003 when I was studying at the Market Photo Workshop in Newtown. So I’ve been at this picture-taking business for almost 10 years now.
What was the real reason behind the No Idea exhibition? I’ve been out been out of Joburg for three years, so I had to reintroduce myself and my work to the Joburg scene. I had to figure out a way of doing this in a way that hadn’t been done before. I decided to have the exhibition on the streets of Maboneng Precinct because because I wanted it to be accessible to everyone as opposed to the usual way of hosting exhibitions in galleries for only for certain type of people. The whole ‘No Idea’ concept was inspired by the act of doing without knowing. I believe that in order to create a powerful piece of work, you must have a great idea to start off with. The images showcased at No Idea were created with no intentions or theme. So, my creativity was not limited and I also had no idea what the end results would be like. I wanted my work to tell its own story.
How did you fund No Idea? I used some of the money I generated from my photographic agency, Eye See Images which I started last year. Eye See Images offers high quality and fun photographic services to individuals, companies and organizations.
What inspires you to take the images that you take? Every beautiful thing that God has created makes me want to pull out my camera and pause that particular moment.
What is it like being an independent photographer in South Africa? Being an independent photographer in South Africa has been hard [pause]. Firstly because I don’t have a steady income like everybody else. My love for this craft is what keeps going from time to time. There are also a lot of new up and coming photographers so competition is becoming intense.