ZELDA VAN STADEN
@zelda_zeee Canon EOS 1300D Canon 50 mm lens
ZELDA WRITES: It all started when my boyfriend and I decided to take photos in a field of flowers last year. We thought the spring flower season was already over, but we did a little research and found that we might still strike it lucky in the canola fields around Caledon in the Overberg. We asked a friend to come along and be our model – she’s a dancer. We eventually found a good field in bloom and asked our friend to dance. This wasn’t as successful as we’d hoped! That’s when I decided to change tack: I thought a creative solution might be to take a photo of her feet in the air; something cute to make people smile.
TOAST SAYS: “Think outside the box.” People are always saying this but it can be a tall order when it comes to photography. I know I’m guilty of falling back into old habits. I’ve been taking photos for 25 years and sometimes I do it on auto-pilot, but then I just end up with a whole folder of similarlooking photos. Instagram is a great app for inspiration. You can follow other photographers from all around the world. (Careful, it’s addictive!) It’s a good way to make sure you don’t stagnate as a photographer, whether you’re 14 or 64… I love Zelda’s creativity here. She and her boyfriend set out with a certain vision but when it didn’t work out, they adjusted their idea and went for Plan B, which worked out great. By only focusing on her friend’s feet, Zelda has added quirkiness to a relatively commonplace scene. We’ve all taken a photo of someone in a field of flowers, but have you ever seen a photo like this?